Submitted by: Kate Sanford, Director of Business Affairs, JSH international
Several industries – including the food service, hospitality, healthcare and horticulture industries – face unique challenges as they work to meet more stringent government regulations being adopted to help protect the environment. Adopting organic, eco-friendly practices can help businesses optimize operating conditions and lower costs while complying with these government regulations. An innovative new solution, developed using a patented peat extraction process, helps area businesses to better manage these concerns.
Food Service/Hospitality and Healthcare Industry
Fats, oils and grease (FOG) are insoluble in water and can coat pipe surfaces and cause sewage back up. Any venue, large or small, that prepares food is required to clean its grease traps as required by local and state government regulations. Depending on the size and scope of the venue, traps are either manually cleaned or pumped out by a contractor. A variety of choices and products can help facilitate this process. The following guidelines can help food service operations of all sizes reduce grease trap maintenance time and labor costs and eliminate the need for costly pump outs.
- Confirm grease traps are easily accessible to ensure ease of cleaning and inspection
- Be aware that many of the products currently on the market that contain enzymes do not completely break down FOG, which can ultimately clog grease traps and pipe networks downstream
- Be open to alternative processes using natural and organic methods, including a recently developed peat extraction solution that eliminates grease trap FOG naturally
- Be sure that any product you use is university-tested and is environmentally safe
Business owners also struggle with finding environmentally-friendly ways to manage septic maintenance issues which include: septic tank settling, sludge build-up and poor drain field performance. A recent study conducted by South Jersey Engineers of Voorhees, NJ tested a new liquid solution developed from a peat extraction process in both residential and commercial septic systems. Use of this organic, all natural solution minimized the risk of ground water contamination while increasing ope