What’s best when fighting FOG: the carrot or the stick?

When it comes to preventing food businesses from polluting the sewers, water companies in the UK follow the doctors’ maxim: prevention is better than cure. In this case, it’s better than punishment as well.

Although viable under Section 111 of the Water Industry Act, taking an FSE to court over sewerage abuse seems less effective than raising awareness around good practices on FOG management. The “stick” approach also means waiting passively for the pollution to happen, and this is something no water company does.

Taking an FSE to court over sewerage abuse seems less effective than raising awareness around good practices on FOG management. Click To Tweet

When carried out in partnership with SwiftComply, our education-focused campaign involves FOG inspectors (or in our case, a member of the FOG Engagement team) to visit food premises one by one, identifying FOG-related issues and evidence of sewer misuse. After a quick kitchen inspection on grease operations and equipment in use, FSEs are offered additional training to kitchen staff and left with a variety of resources and recommendations to help get them on the right track when it comes to grease management.

The “carrot over the stick” approach has a positive and often immediate effect. Where the FSE now understands the benefits of being environmentally responsible, the results last long after the first educational step is taken.

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