DM urges proper disposal of grease trap waste

DUBAI: Dubai Municipality is keen on achieving integration in all dimensions of the protection of environment and health, including the safe disposal of all forms of solid, liquid or gaseous waste. Consequently, apart from the establishment of a healthy infrastructure, the civic body applied additional techniques to protect these structures and its sustainability in service for longer periods, and thus mandated the installation of grease traps on all drainage lines coming out of restaurant kitchens, commercial kitchens and food-processing units, as stipulated by the Article 15 of Local Order No. 08 of 2002.

This legislation allows Dubai Municipality to conduct periodic inspection on these traps to ensure proper maintenance and cleanliness, the violation of which will result in penalties along with additional charges for the repair of any damage to the public sewage network.

Dubai Municipality has taken an additional step in creating a safe track for disposal of grease trap waste, which is a residue of frozen and immovable edible oils that extensively damage health and can cause the closing of drainage lines if allowed to reach the public sewage network.

To solve this dilemma, Dubai Municipality entered into a strategic Build-Operate-Transfer, BOT, partnership agreement with Al Serkal group. Accordingly, the Envirol Plant of Al Serkal Group will take care of recycling edible oils waste in the first trap waste recycling plant in the region.

Considering the significant increase in number of restaurants in the emirate, Dubai Municipality has permitted Envirol to charge a utilisation fee from companies operating in the field of maintenance and cleaning of fat/grease trap waste and the companies shall dispose of the waste at the facility of Envirol located in Al Warsan 2 optionally, by paying a fees of AED1.50 per gallon, ensuring compliance with all environment laws and regulations.

These efforts come as part of Dubai Municipality’s keenness to achieve its operational and strategic goals, developing the most effective systems to protect a healthy infrastructure.