The City of Virginia Beach Recommends Using A Solids Separator
In the City of Virginia Beach’s Public Utilities Fall 2013 FOG Newsletter, they recommend using a solids separator like The Drain Strainer to prevent food solids from entering the sewer system:
Part of the Best Kitchen Management Practices is to not dispose of food waste into a sink, but to dispose of food waste directly into the trash. Food waste going down the drain and into a grease trap directly hinders the effectiveness of the grease trap. There are many ways in which you can prevent food from going down the drain.
One step is to scrape and dry wipe any food left on the dishes into the trash can. Another step would be to insure that a sink strainer is in place to catch any solids that may have stayed on.
Avoid using the garbage disposal if you have one. If you so choose to utilize a garbage disposal, then a solids separator should be in place between the sink and grease trap. The solids separator should be installed so that the wastewater passes through it before entering the grease trap.