It has been well established for a number of years that bio-augmentation, when properly applied, can greatly improve FOG removal and decrease buildup in institutional and industrial systems. Greasebugs are advanced biological solutions that simplify operations and lower operating costs through effective FOG removal in varying wastewater treatment plants.
FOG removal is a must for many wastewater treatment plants. FOG is problematic in many industrial and institutional waste disposal applications. However, FOG removal is not always easy with traditional methods. Due to their comparatively slow natural degradation, their high BOD, and their insolubility in water, the buildup of FOG has many important consequences. The great majority of these consequences are detrimental, both to industrial operations as well as to the environment. For example, grease buildup in municipal waste treatment systems can cause fouling of lift stations, transfer pumps and transfer lines.
Restaurant grease discharge necessitates the use of grease traps in most localities, which in turn requires frequent pumping to remove the built-up grease, and may also lead to surcharges for wastewater services. Grease buildup in septic systems can cause drainage field failure and ultimately costly replacement. Discharge of excessive grease in waterways can lead to surface deposits, drops in dissolved oxygen and loss of wildlife.
Fats, oils and greases, whether of plant or animal origin, are principally composed of triglyceride molecules. The most common fatty acids contained in FOG are palmitic, stearic and oleic acids. Most microbial strains used for FOG removal produce an extracellular enzyme: lipase. This enzyme breaks the ester bond between the glycerol backbone and the fatty acid moieties, producing one molecule of glycerol and three molecules of fatty acids. The glycerol is easily disposed by biodegradation in the majority of microorganisms. However, the fatty acids, which typically make up over 90% of the mass of the triglyceride, are difficult to degrade (especially for virtually all Gram-positive spore formers) and can persist, causing clogging, pH drops and foul odors.
Greasebugs offer an extremely effective solution for the constant challenge of suspended solids, BOD’s, COD’s, sludge, malodors, organic build-up and high levels of fats, oils and greases in wastewater treatment applications.
These highly concentrated, optimized blends of application-specific bacteria have been selected for their ability to degrade common municipal and food processing waste and, in particular, high levels of FOG.
Lift Stations & Wet Wells
For the elimination of FOG, hydrocarbons, detergents and paper, and to keep grease from building up on floats, sidewalls and downstream lines in lift stations, wet wells and sewer collection lines, we recommend.
Meat & Poultry
Greasebugs Meat & Poultry offers a safe and effective way to treat food industry waste assisting in regulation compliance, odor control and cost-reduction. Strict regulations govern the disposal of wastewater within most industries and the food processing industry disposes of large amounts of wastewater containing high levels of organic waste including FOG (fats, oils and greases), starches and proteins.
The strains of application-specific bacteria combine with innovative, eco-friendly chemistry in Greasebugs Meat & Poultry to break down suspended solids, eliminate malodors and increase system efficiency and meet regulatory compliance.
Grease Traps & Drain Lines
Greasebugs eco-friendly grease trap products keep drain lines clear of organic build-up and remove and prevent malodors. The bacterial consortia in Greasebugs, combined with our unique, eco-friendly chemistry, are highly effective in the degradation of FOG (fats, oils and greases) and have been formulated to withstand conditions which would typically be difficult for bacteria, such as changes in pH.
The regular use of Greasebugs products in grease and drain applications provides an effective, non-toxic solution to help preserve our environment and comply with regulations.
Restaurants, hospitals, schools and other institutions are prohibited from directly discharging grease into the city sewer system and must take precautions to prevent oil and grease from cooking operations entering the sewer lines. Because of the regulations surrounding discharge, grease traps are essential to the operation of many businesses and organizations in a community.
Grease build-ups are often the cause of slow drain and sewage back-ups as well as creating drain odors and even pest problems. Greasebugs Drain Line & Grease Trap Treatment was developed as a highly effective biological product for grease traps, associated drain lines and also for fat problems in waste water treatment plants.
The application-specific bacterial consortium present in these products produce lipase enzymes which target large oil and grease molecules, breaking them down into smaller molecules that are then metabolized by the bacteria to quickly degrade the fat and reduce the risk of blockages. As the lipase enzymes get to work, free fatty acids are released, which reduces the pH, creating a harsh environment for bacteria.
The strains in these Greasebugs products are specially selected to work effectively in lower pH ranges found in grease traps and grease interceptors. They have been shown to break down a wide range of materials found in grease traps and grease interceptors.
Vegetable, soy, canola and olive oil. Solid fats such as lard, beef tallow and butter. Starch, proteins and cellulose.
Our safe, green biological wastewater treatment products contain specially selected strains of beneficial microorganisms in a potent and high-quality form.
Traditionally, biological wastewater treatment products have been used for lowering effluent COD (chemical oxygen demand) and removing specific pollutants such as phenols, hydrocarbons, and ammonia from wastewater. However, they can also improve system efficiency by shortening start-up times for new plants and by easing operations under harsh environmental conditions like cold temperatures.
With tightening regulations, increasing operating costs, and limited access to capital, wastewater plants are looking for innovative solutions to improve treatment efficiency, lower costs, and simplify operations.
From lowering COD in the effluent, to controlling filamentous bulking, we offer a range of biological wastewater treatment products designed specifically for a variety of industries to improve wastewater treatment.
Lagoons offer an economical way to treat the high cost of wastewater flows generated from, pulp and paper mills, for example. Despite effective wastewater sludge reduction and treatment, solids can still accumulate at the bottom of the lagoons, resulting in short-circuiting, reduced hydraulic retention time, and ultimately, poor treatment. The most common way to alleviate this wastewater sludge reduction issue is through costly dredging.
Sludgebugs Lagoon Blend offers a biological alternative to dredging. The combination of beneficial microorganisms, enzymes and essential nutrients stimulates biological activity in the sludge and provides a cost effective way of reducing sludge volume and improving treatment. Sludgebugs are applied at the water surface and sink directly into the settled sludge layer. They are easily applied over a broad area and target hot spots where sludge has accumulated.
The microorganisms and nutrients in Sludgebugs stimulate biological activity in the sludge layer, allowing floc particles to become larger and denser, improving wastewater sludge reduction. Denser floc particles contain less water and lead to greater compaction. Sludgebugs help to degrade substances that hold decaying biomass together at the lagoon bottom. Beneficial microorganisms further complete the degradation of decaying biomass and result in a lower and more compact sludge layer.
Sludgebugs offer unique biological solutions to assist customers in meeting their wastewater sludge reduction and solids handling goals. Sludgebugs products, powered by beneficial microorganisms and nutrients, stimulate biological activity in lagoon sludge layers to minimize settled sludge volume and reduce solids handling costs.
Plant Upsets & Start-ups
New plants and revitalized facilities must undergo a wastewater treatment system start-up of the biomass. Often this involves reseeding with a sludge imported from a similar facility. However, this importing requires an acclimation time for the new sludge to adapt to its new environment. This acclimation time can result in a facility not being able to ramp up production quickly enough, resulting in lost revenue and involves paying to ship large volumes of sludge from another facility.
Employing bio-augmentation during wastewater treatment system start-ups can help shorten this acclimation time or eliminate the need for seed sludge. By offering a mixture of microbes, which can readily degrade the influent organics, the plant is able to quickly achieve the performance requirements. Sludgebugs Megadose offers a biological solution for quicker wastewater treatment system start-ups.
Temperature drops impact the biochemical reactions associated with bacterial metabolism and reproduction. Reaction rates typically decrease by a half for each 10°C (50°F) drop. This decrease in reaction rate is often first seen as a decrease in oxygen uptake rate (OUR) activity or as a decline in COD reduction. It can take months for the microbial community to adapt to low temperature conditions, causing plant operating problems and decreased COD reduction.
In biological treatment systems, cold temperatures impact microbial growth and thus COD reduction by slowing down the transfer of nutrients across the cell membrane. Bacterial cell membranes contain fatty acids, which may be saturated or unsaturated. Saturated fatty acids congeal at higher temperatures than unsaturated fatty acids. The higher the concentration of saturated fatty acids, the more likely the cell membrane will congeal and become rigid at low temperatures, thereby inhibiting the transfer of nutrients across the cell membrane.
The psychrophilic (cold-loving) organisms in Sludgebugs Arctic Blend have much higher concentrations of unsaturated fatty acids in the cell membrane. This allows the membrane to stay more fluid at low temperatures and reduces the impact that low temperatures have on nutrient transport.
This product has naturally occurring microorganisms that have been carefully isolated from low temperature environments to improve COD reduction and screened not only for survivability, but also for the highest activities in degrading a range of typical found in various wastewater types.
Septic Tanks & Leach Fields
Sludgebugs Septic Tank Treatment effectively breaks down and reduce the volume of organic waste, increasing septic tank efficiency and reducing the need for pumping and maintenance. Septic tank function can be adversely affected by large quantities of organic waste such as FOG, proteins and starches as well as paper. If these wastes are not broken down effectively the septic tank must be pumped out more regularly or foul odors and back-ups can occur.
The application-specific bacteria present in Sludgebugs Septic Tank Treatment targets and degrades these organic compounds thereby increasing system efficiency, reducing odor and helping to prevent system back-ups. Paper in particular can be very detrimental to system efficiency but the optimized bacterial consortium included in this product includes our best cellulase producing bacteria which ensures that the volume of paper in septic tanks is greatly reduced.