‘Minor’ grease violations found during inspections of city restaurants

A bylaw officer dedicated to ensuring restaurants comply with grease disposal rules found “minor, isolated violations,” during 33 recent inspections, according to a new report presented Tuesday at city hall.

Most violations involved the keeping of maintenance records, and grease traps are mostly being maintained, according to the bylaws department’s February report.

Last month, civic politicians approved a $480,000 repair to a sewer main that became blocked with grease under the Lansdowne Road corridor in City Centre.

Restaurants dumping grease down the drain was the likely cause, according to city officials.

Richmond staff estimate the annual cost of clearing grease from plugged sewer lines is $300,000. Metro Vancouver spends another $800,000 per year cleaning grease clogs.

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