Do I need a grease control device?

As of October of 2020, all new and existing Food Service Establishments (FSE’s) that are served by the JCSA sewer collection system are required to have a grease control device (GCD). This will include businesses, establishments, and properties that may lie outside of James City County but are connected to the JCSA sewer collection system. The GCD shall be installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and the International Plumbing Code. Additionally, the JCSA Fats, Oil and Grease Program and Policy and the Hampton Roads Regional Technical Standards for Grease Control Devices provide direction and guidance for proper sizing and maintenance frequency. These requirements can change if the JCSA continues to discover grease buildup, or blockages in the downstream sewer line that requires maintenance from the JCSA.

Further federal and regional directives and guidelines may also apply as set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ), The Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD). James City County and Virginia State codes prohibit the discharge of materials that can solidify and create blockages in the wastewater collection system or treatment plants. The VDH makes periodic inspections to see that no health problems exist due to improperly maintained grease interceptors. The JCSA has an ongoing program of inspection and verification of correct preventive maintenance procedures.

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1. What is FOG?
2. What are the negative impacts of FOG?
3. What is a Grease Control Device?
4. What is a gravity grease interceptor and how does it work?
5. What is hydromechanical grease interceptor and how does it work?
6. What is a Food Service Establishment (FSE)?
7. Do I need a grease control device?
8. Can you recommend a maintenance schedule?
9. Do I have to have any training on proper FOG handling procedures?
10. How can I get in compliance?
11. Do I have to keep any records?
12. What if I don’t install a grease control device?
13. How does the JCSA ensure compliance?
14. Are there any fees or penalties for non-compliance?
15. What are the criteria for inspecting grease control devices?
16. What about using my garbage disposal or use detergent to wash it down the drain?
17. What is the JCSA doing about educating the public?