This article will cover Using enzymes to eliminate grease. Through the years, the science of making food has inspired a lot of people. It’s always a given that food brings people together, that’s why producing all kinds of food has given so much positivism into the lives of many. There is no better example of this concept of food than the United States. The diversity in culture managed to bring different flavors in one country. Each American has learned to make his or her taste buds adaptable to whatever is on the plate. With this, food became the consistent news maker and peace bearer of all time. To this very day, food changes the lives of so many people and to remind everyone of how diverse food culture is in the United States, there is always one food stall ready to feed people at any time.
With the flourishing of the food business comes a very sad realization that the by-products of food production are destroying the environment and the health of millions. The growing nemesis is called FOG (fats, oils, grease). Food preparation happens in the kitchen and this is how tons of FOG overflows into the wastewater. But even if the FOG could spill into the wastewater at a limited amount, every state still felt the need to completely eradicate the FOG problem. To begin the mission, the grease or pretreatment ordinance was created.
The ordinance was created by each state to make sure that the level of grease remains at a very low minimum, even if there is an acceptable amount of FOG that could spill into the wastewater. The pretreatment ordinance aims to protest the wastewater treatment facility and the sewer lines that lead to it. When a FOG overflow occurs, the FOG travels through the pipes with the help of the untreated effluent. When the FOG cools down and solidifies, it clogs the pipes and completely blocks the flow of the effluent. Wastewater backup takes place. Health and environmental issues arise because of what FOG has brought to the table.
Every food business owner is mandated to have a properly designed, built, and installed grease trap within the business establishment. The grease trap should have a permit so that it could be inspected by the Department of City Sewer. The owner of the food establishment or facility should also make sure that the grease trap is maintained on a regular basis.
Some establishments agree to start using enzymes to eliminate grease. Enzymes are known as catalysts that hasten the metabolic or digestive process in living organisms. The same enzymes are formulated and placed in additives to mimic the catalyzing action of enzymes in grease traps. But these food establishment owners don’t know that enzymes are like chemicals that only emulsify the FOG and the solid waste materials. This would make the FOG seem melted away but if you look closer, the FOG is just made easier to mix with the wastewater. The FOG then gets into the pipes and blocks them, resulting to a wastewater backup. Using enzymes to eliminate grease will not benefit the grease trap, the company, and the wastewater treatment facility.
Instead of enzymes, bacteria should be used in eliminating grease. These microorganisms are much better allies because they are living organisms that really eat away the FOG and solid wastes, converting them into less detrimental forms. It’s either bioremediation or bioaugmentation. Bioremediation uses non-pathogenic bacteria while buoaugmentation uses a selected strain of bacteria. There are several forms of bacteria that can be used—powdered bacteria, liquid bacteria, bacteria blocks, bacteria pumps, and grease trap tablets. The grease trap tablet is the newest means to clean up the grease trap. It contains aerobic bacteria, active oxygen, buffers, and nutrients that will support a faster metabolic process.
With regular use of bacteria, the grease trap will be rid of FOG and solid wastes. The grease trap and the wastewater treatment facility will then be more efficient.