Operating a food truck business seems to be a new trend in this century. However, whether you own a trailer or food truck, you must have a strategy on how to dispose of waste and water from your truck. While waste and wastewater may not be the most appealing part of running a food truck business, these two are major issues with regards to anti-food truck regulations.
From a legal perspective, how you remove these items is critical, and if you do not meet the requirements, you risk losing your vending license. Aside from the legal ramifications, it is humanly right to remove waste water and waste from food trucks. By doing so, you are sure that your waste will not block the server system or make anyone sick. In this article, we will focus on how to remove water waste and waste from a food truck.
Understand the regulations
Before carrying out wastewater and solid waste removal, you should understand mobile food vending regulations in your council as it relates to waste management. There is a slight variation in the waste disposal process across the councils, but nearly all of them need you to have a proper waste storage system within your truck. For instance, in Sydney, you have to submit your truck for inspection and design approval. The City has a Food Truck design Panel that will look at your truck design and how you will manage waste disposal.
The City bylaws stipulate that solid waste, water waste, and other pollutants litter must be contained in the truck before disposing of them appropriately in a designated waste disposal facility. Failure to follow the laws for mobile food vending business, as set out it the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 and the Local Government Act 1993, may lead to prosecution and even worse, cancellation of your operating licenses.
Get an approved waste disposal system
If you are serious about your food truck business, then you understand the need to install an approved wastewater system that meets your local council requirements. After you have installed appropriated sized waste tanks, you have you to have a way of connecting your tank to an external disposal system through a horse to simplify the disposal.
Fortunately, some trucks have a grease trap. You should also ensure that there is no leakage from the waste system because you don’t want the inspectors from your council to be the first one to discover such faults.
Find out the approved disposal facilities
A majority of local councils have a location set aside for solid and wastewater disposal. In most case, food trucks dispose of wastewater into a grease interceptor. Some unscrupulous vendors just dump waste water on the street, in the stormwater, or in non-commercial drains. Probably, you have also seen how solid waste is just thrown in nearest bins or residential dumpsters. These substances are harmful, and they usually contain soap, grease, food particles, chlorine, or bacteria.
That is why food truck businesses should have a dedicated storage site or a commissary kitchen to ease waste disposal. Ideal food trucks have a drain at the ground level and have a way to connect the truck’s wastewater tank into the drain.
In the absence of such a setup, you can still use a bucket to carry wastewater to a sink or container connected to a grease trap. As for other waste, you should only dump it on your storage or commissary site. Garbage cans and chip boxes can assist in transferring the trash from the track to the designated dumping point.
Here is a summary of how to dispose of wastewater in the right way
1) After you have identified the dump station, place your waste water tank drain valve to be as close as possible to the opening in the dump station, and then get the sewer horse out.
2) Ensure the water valve is closed before securing it to your sewer hose.
3) Slowly remove the cap and connect the sewer hose then insert one end into the dump station’s hole.
4) Once you are sure that everything is secured, now open the wastewater tank to release the waste.
5) In any case, refrain from dumping your solid waste and wastewater anywhere that is not approved, be it your home or stormwater.
6) Nowadays, water and sanitation companies have a mechanism for identifying the source of the problem.
7) If you are the source of the problem, you risk paying hefty fines.
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