Cleaning, pest control and grease traps

Practical advice and information for food business owners.


You can treat mildew with a diluted bleach solution. Spray it on, allow it to dry and wipe off with clean water.

Repainting with an enamel-based paint and coating the ceiling with a sealer is also recommended.

Use these information sheets to help you improve and maintain your grading:

Pest control

An infestation can spread rapidly if left unchecked. Keep a record of how it was treated and the name of the pest control operator.

Rats and mice (51KB PDF)

Grease traps

Regular cleaning and maintenance of your grease traps is essential. The Council's Environmental Health Officers or Trade Waste Officers will visit you to make sure you are operating your grease trap properly.

Grease traps brochure (125KB PDF)

There are two types of grease traps. One type is the passive grease trap, which is usually outside your premises. It works by cooling down the waste water, causing the fats and oils to float to the surface.

Grease trap fact sheet (94KB PDF)

The other type is a mechanical grease separator, which is usually kept under a bench in the kitchen. It uses a heater and a skimming wheel and works by skimming liquid fat from the surface of the waste water.

Grease separator fact sheet (244KB PDF)