<< 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

Upcoming Webinar: Creating Quality Microbial Products

Producing high-quality microbial products for industrial, institutional, and consumer applications is essential for our partners. In our upcoming webinar, we will explore the critical aspects of microbial product development and how we ensure quality products for your...

Proven Success Treating Sludge with Biotifx®

If your customers are working in the biological wastewater treatment industry, chances are they’re dealing with the challenges of organic sludge. Sludge, the waste components left over after the wastewater has been treated, is a constant expense for facilities, and...

Sludge Tanks 101: Treating the Waste

Throughout the wastewater treatment process, certain components are left over that get separated from the treated water. This collection of leftovers is called sludge, which is then further treated in tanks. At Microbial Discovery Group (MDG), we have explored the...

Lagoons 101: Identification and Long-Term Treatment Approach

Lagoons and ponds have been used for treating wastewater for over 3,000 years. Today, there are over 8,000 wastewater treatment lagoons operating in the United States. One appeal to using lagoons is that they generally require less energy than other treatment systems...

Proven Success in Wastewater Seasonality

In the world of wastewater treatment, seasonal challenges can disrupt operations and affect the efficiency of treatment plants. As the industry begins to face the difficulties of this year’s spring, MDG emerges as a trusted partner with a track record of proven...

Battling Restroom Odors: Debunking Ice in Urinals

Ever since the invention of the urinal back in 1886, facilities have been battling the unwanted odors that come with them. To combat the odors, businesses have tried many different treatments… some more beneficial than others.   One of the most used techniques for...

Under The Microscope – Sierra Garcia

At MDG, we succeed by creating an environment to attract, develop, and retain the best and the brightest people who embrace our values. Learn all about Sierra Garcia, our Engagement Coordinator.   What is your role at Microbial Discovery Group (MDG) and when did...

2023 EXPANSION: CONTINUED GROWTH

In 2021, our growth journey took a significant leap as we secured an 80,000 ft2 facility in Oak Creek, WI. This expansive space now accommodates our production, blending, packaging, warehouse, three laboratories, and supplementary office areas. In addition, an...

Related News