Mechline Developments has enhanced its line-up of food and FOG (fats, oils and grease) management solutions with the addition of an easy to fit, Food Waste Strainer for commercial kitchen sinks.
The Strainer has been designed to make it easy for kitchen staff to prevent food waste particles from entering the drainage system, which should help protect drains from blockages and prolong the service intervals of grease traps/interceptors. Used in conjunction with Mechline’s BioCeptor, the Food Waste Strainer forms part of what is claimed to be an effective and hygienic comprehensive grease management system.
The strainer fits into standard size [600 x 450mm] commercial kitchen sink bowls, in order to capture food particles rinsed from dirty dishes and prevent them making their way into the drainage system.
Designed with a rubber seal edge and raised angles on the front end, the unit helps guide food particles into an integrated food waste basket, which can then be removed and emptied into the food waste digester, or food waste bin, as appropriate, which should leave no mess in the sink for staff to deal with. The whole system is said to be easy to remove, enabling periodic cleaning through the dishwasher, which helps staff maintain good hygiene practice.
Commercial kitchens are increasingly being held responsible for FOG blockages and face scrutiny should they fail to take the necessary action in preventing FOG making its way into sewers. In some cases this ‘necessary action’ is being rigidly defined as the installation of standalone grease traps, which Mechline feels are not always the best solution.
Standalone grease traps can quickly fill with food particles and grease and require emptying often, which can present a hygiene issue in the commercial kitchen, as well as being costly and an inconvenience. Mechline’s combined grease management system, BioCeptor, used in conjunction with the new Food Waste Strainer, is designed to be an effective and efficient drain maintenance system, which does not require emptying as often as traditional standalone grease traps.
Adrian Watson, director of food at the Sir John Fitzgerald Pub Group remarked: “Mechline’s food waste strainer is fantastic! We’ve had it on trial it at our Ridley Arms site for 3 weeks and it’s made a real, noticeable difference.
“Before, we had a hard job keeping food out of the drainage system, with just a sink plug upstand that would become clogged and leave an unpleasant mess in the sink to clean. But now, with the food waste strainer, it couldn’t be easier. We just rinse the food into the basket, take the basket out, empty it, replace it and voila. It’s simple, practical, effective – and a lot more hygienic.”
The strainer is designed to reduce the build-up of food waste sediment in the drainage system, and in grease traps/interceptors, which should help to prolong their service intervals. For Mechline’s BioCeptor, this should mean that fewer food particles are able to make their way into the FOG, Intercept and Treatment (FIT) unit, so the system takes longer to reach its capacity and can continue working effectively for longer.
BioCeptor utilises the traditional principles of entrapment and retention alongside the natural process of bioremediation. Its first component, the FIT unit, slows down the flow of wastewater discharged from a food service operation and intercepts FOG.
Its second component, the GreasePak bio-fluid dosing module, doses naturally occurring, Multi-Strain Grease Degrader (MSGD) fluid into the FIT unit, which contains in excess of 500m bacteria per gram, specially selected to permanently break down the captured FOG. BioCeptor should prevent FOG from reaching the drain and prolong the time it takes for the FIT unit to reach its capacity, which reduces the frequency of servicing/cleaning needed.