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Grease Trap Additives

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By Glenn Martin

November 7, 2010

Grease trap additives are frequently referred to as enzymes, chemicals, bacterias, emulsifiers, degreasers, dosing systems, and grease trap treatments.
Grease trap additives break down the carbon bonds in restaurant grease. After liquefying the grease, the additives make it easier for the grease to flow into the septic tank or sanitary sewer system. The restaurant grease hardens downstream from the grease trap. Septic systems become non-functional due to grease clogs. Fat, oil, and grease (FOG) hardens to the sanitary sewer pipes and the pumping stations. The process of scraping off the restaurant grease is very expensive to the city and taxpayers.
 There is no positive environmental evidence of grease trap additives eliminating brown grease (grease trap waste), and food solids in grease traps.

An excerpt from the Manatee Florida Wastewater Treatment Plant states, “Restaurant Grease plugs up lines and clog pumps, plus the plant's "bugs" don't like the taste of grease. A "bug" that will eat waste and grease has yet to be discovered”.
Grease trap bacterias and chemicals are prohibited in grease traps and grease interceptors in the majority of all cities, states, and municipalities.
A Grease Trap Ordinance recommending grease trap additives is hard to find.

The smell of chlorine does not make for a sanitary or grease free environment. Bleach does not kill the bacteria in grease traps or drains. Chlorine does not degrade grease or food solids in grease traps, pipes, or drain blockages.

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