<< Return to News

Clearing Up Fats, Oils & Grease

In the restaurant industry, it is common for under-maintained grease interceptors to produce heavy fats, oils, and grease (FOG). Fats, oils, and grease accumulated within collection systems from residential areas and restaurants are common as well! Managing and maintaining FOG is important for reducing odors for customers and citizens.

Fats, oils, and grease that originate from restaurants, residential homes, and food processing facilities are commonly discharged into sewer systems. Picture things like vegetable oil and solid fats, such as lard. They eventually accumulate and can cause blockages in drainage systems, grease traps, and lift stations. Luckily for us (and our customers), FOG and other solids can be effectively broken down, digested, and removed with the use of bioaugmentation products by making the entire population more efficient.

Tool #1: Bacillus Produce Enzymes

Bacillus can produce a broad array of enzymes including esterase and lipase. These enzymes hydrolyze or break down FOG into smaller molecules for Bacillus and other species of bacteria to use as a source of energy. By making more food available, Bacillus can enhance a native microbial population, which then assists in the further removal of FOG.

In addition to esterase and lipase, Bacillus also secretes other classes of enzymes including, proteases, amylase, and more. Why is this important? Because FOG doesn’t consist of just fat! There are other types of solid waste that get incorporated or mixed in with the FOG including protein and carbohydrates. For example, when you haphazardly pour that bacon grease down the drain, you are inherently rinsing down small pieces of meat (aka protein) as well. Together, these enzymes contribute to a more complete digestion of solid waste and FOG.

Tool #2: Bacillus Produce Biosurfactants

Another method utilized by Bacillus to break down FOG is through the production of biosurfactants. Biosurfactants, like chemical surfactants, can solubilize and emulsify FOG. When a solid mass of FOG breaks down and mixes in water, it becomes more accessible for enzymatic and metabolic activity.

The Best of the Best!

At MDG, we have a thorough strain selection process where we have screened many strains of Bacillus and selected those with the best enzymatic activity and biosurfactant production to treat the buildup of FOG in Wastewater and Industrial & Institutional systems. Also, these strains grow at a wide pH range and can tolerate the low pH commonly found in high FOG.

So, when we say our strains are “scientifically selected” we mean we’ve picked the best of the best for the job! CONTACT US to learn more about our FOG treatment products and how you can start helping your customers with a variety of high-end bioaugmentation products.

Search Insights
Recently Posted Insights

MDG Exhibits at the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2024

Every year, we participate in trade shows and exhibitions around the globe, showcasing our innovative microbial solutions in the wastewater industry. This year, we will be attending the International Water Association (IWA) World Water Congress & Exhibition from...

How to Help Your Wastewater Customers Prepare for Winter

The changing of the seasons can have a pronounced effect on wastewater systems, particularly when the weather gets cold. Lower temperatures correspond to a decrease in microbial activity, which slows the treatment process. If you’re looking for a solution for your...

The Importance of Strain Purity Testing in Custom Fermentation

At MDG, we are Bacillus experts with over 20 years of experience growing pure cultures for our customers. We are continually honing our methods to find the most effective, efficient way to create quality microbial ingredients, and one contributing factor is purity...

A Guide to Wastewater Success: People, Products, and Programs

Working in the wastewater treatment industry comes with its challenges. Your customers may face problems like sludge buildup, odors, hydrogen sulfide (H2S) production, and fats, oils, and grease (FOG) accumulation. As their supplier, you need a solution you can count...

The Commercialization of Microbial Solutions

As a Bacillus manufacturer, we work to grow our partners’ pure single-strain Bacillus cultures and scale the process so that they receive exactly what they need. Our success in the commercialization of microbial solutions comes from our trusted process and our...

How to Handle Odors Within Septic Systems After Spring Thaw

Spring’s warmer weather and longer days are always welcome after a cold winter, but for septic tank owners and operators, this seasonal transition can bring a significant problem: odors. Now that spring thaw has occurred and the heat of summer is setting in, septic...

In-Field and In-House Expertise in Wastewater Treatment

When your wastewater customers are facing challenges, you want a partner with proven success and extensive expertise in wastewater treatment. At Microbial Discovery Group, we can be that partner. MDG stands as a leading expert in bioaugmentation, holding in-field and...

2024 EXPANSION: CONTINUED GROWTH AT MDG

Since the completion of our Oak Creek facility in the fall of 2022, we have steadily grown our capacities and capabilities as a trusted provider of Bacillus-based solutions. We are excited to announce that our growth has given us the opportunity to expand our...

Related News