Saugus DPW super offers grease trap know-how to board

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014 3:00 am
SAUGUS — The Board of Selectmen has had to keep restaurant owners on hold since November while they searched for an education on grease traps, but they found Tuesday that the perfect teacher had been right under its nose.
Department of Public Works Superintendent Brendan O’Regan, hired in the fall, revealed at the board’s meeting that he had an extensive background in the waste management of fats, oils and grease output from his former employment as the director of public services and sewer superintendent.
O’Regan said based on the method he used to tackle Newburyport’s grease trap output, it would take “several months to a year” to measure each establishment’s output of fats, oils and greases to calculate how much each establishment in town should be allotted, which would necessitate an inspector’s position to monitor the production. From there, said O’Regan, the town would form bylaws, like those in other communities, that reflected what kind of traps each establishment needed. “It’s not an easy solution,” he said. “It takes a lot of work, effort and some expense.”

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