Collier Township Municipal Authority, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Collier Township Municipal Authority 7-11-1996 by Res. No. 07-11-96-01. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Grease traps and interceptors — See Ch. 125.
Grease removal — See Ch. 210.

§ 55-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
FOOD PREPARATION FACILITY
Includes any food establishment in any building, room or place or any portion thereof or appurtenance thereto where human food or drink is mixed, cooked, or otherwise prepared, offered for sale, sold, served or given with or without charge to patrons, customers or guests for consumption on the premises; provided, however, that this does not include the mixing, cooking or other preparation and serving of food in single-family dwellings to the resident family or its guests, or to buildings.
GREASE TRAP
An interceptor whose flow rate is 35 gallons per minutes (gpm) or less and which is located inside the building and generally intercepts flows from three-compartment sinks only. Grease traps shall be rated for a minimum of 22.5 gpm.
GREASE INTERCEPTOR
An interceptor whose rated flow exceeds 35 gpm and which is located underground outside the building and generally intercepts all flows from kitchen/food processing areas.
RESTAURANT
Includes any public eating place where regular meals are prepared, offered for sale, sold and served to patrons, customers or guests for compensation based on the price charged for and generally paid at the conclusion of each meal. The words "regular meals" as used herein mean meals generally consisting of courses embracing some kind of meat or its equivalent, vegetables, bread, pastry, beverage and accompaniments, served at more or less regular intervals.

§ 55-2 Plumbing to be in good repair.

Every building or room occupied or used as a public eating place or restaurant shall be well drained. All soil pipes, waste pipes, drains or other plumbing fixtures shall be of adequate size to enable a passage of any waste intended to pass through it to the main public sewer. All drains, sewers, waste and soil pipes, traps and water and gas pipes shall, at all times, be kept in good repair and order so that no gases or odor shall escape therefrom and so that the same shall not leak, and all vent pipes shall be kept in good order and repair and free from obstruction.

§ 55-3 Installation of grease interceptors and traps.

A. 
Every building, room or space or part thereof used as a restaurant or food preparation facility, whether new or existing, shall install or cause to be installed a grease interceptor or grease trap. The type of installation shall be determined by the total fixture flow-through rate of potential grease-laden fixtures discharging through the building sewage lines as determined by the Allegheny County Health Department Plumbing Division. For flow-through rates of 35 gpm or less, an internal grease trap may be installed in certain existing structures used as restaurants and food preparation facilities. For flow-through rates exceeding 35 gpm, an external, underground grease interceptor must be installed in all new structures or changes of use involving restaurants or food preparation facilities.
B. 
Said grease trap or interceptor shall be installed at an appropriate location along the sewer line between the restaurant and/or food preparation facility and the lines' entry into the main public sewer line. An inspection site tee shall be installed between the interceptor discharge and the connection to the public sewer system. All installations shall be in accordance with Article 15 of the Allegheny County Health Department Plumbing Code and Regulations.
C. 
No solid waste devices, such as waste grinders, disposals, potato peelers, etc., shall discharge through the grease trap or grease interceptor. Only potential grease-laden fixtures may discharge through the trap or interceptor.
D. 
All new restaurants or food preparation facilities shall be required to install an exterior, underground grease interceptor of a minimum capacity of 1,000 gallons, regardless of the flow-through rate.
E. 
Existing facilities.
(1) 
In all existing restaurants or food preparation facilities, there shall be installed a grease interceptor or grease trap as determined by the flow-through rate, as detailed above.
(2) 
In existing facilities where it is determined by the Collier Township Municipal Authority ("Authority") that a grease trap is not sufficient, the Authority may require that a grease interceptor (as detailed above) be installed. Such insufficiency shall be evidenced by excessive amounts of grease being discharged into the public sewer system by a facility. All existing restaurants or food preparation facilities shall, at a change of ownership or alteration, install an exterior, underground grease interceptor of a minimum capacity of 1,000 gallons. In all existing structures, buildings or parts thereof in which there is an increase in size, change of use or occupancy to that of a restaurant or food preparation facility, there shall be installed a grease interceptor of a minimum capacity of 1,000 gallons, regardless of the flow-through rate.

§ 55-4 Maintenance requirements for grease interceptors and traps.

A. 
All grease interceptors and grease traps shall be maintained and kept in good working order at all times. The interceptor or trap shall limit the amount of grease discharged into the public sewer system to levels not exceeding those permitted by the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN). Oil/Grease discharges shall not exceed 100 parts per million (ppm) downstream of the interceptor or trap.
B. 
It shall be the duty and responsibility of any owner, lessee or agent of any restaurant or food preparation facility to, at a minimum of annually, inspect the grease interceptor or trap. A written record shall be kept of all inspections. The inspection record shall, at a minimum, list the name (inspector and company), address, and phone number of the inspection/disposal company, the method and frequency of the cleaning schedule and the date of the cleaning/inspection. Additionally, there shall be maintained a copy of the disposal schedule, disposal location and the quantities of grease disposed of by the licensed hauler that cleans and disposes of the accumulated material from each grease trap or grease interceptor. Such records shall be presented to the Authority at least annually or more frequently if determined by the Authority. A more frequent cleaning/inspection schedule may be ordered to be performed by the facility when it is determined by the Authority that the facility is discharging excessive amounts of grease to the public sewer system.

§ 55-5 Violations and penalties.

Whosoever violates any of the provisions of this resolution shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of up to $1,000. Each day that a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.

§ 55-6 Right of entry.

In the discharge of duties, the Authority enforcement officer, Consulting Engineer or authorized representative shall have the authority to enter, at any reasonable hour, any restaurant or food preparation facility in the jurisdiction to enforce the provisions of this resolution.