Specialist waste management company Quintex has pledged its support for Unblocktober, running for the whole of October.
The campaign, led by Lanes Group, was created to draw attention to fatbergs which are large masses of solid waste blocking or hindering a sewerage system. The bergs primarily consist of congealed fat, personal hygiene products, food, grease and other miscellaneous items that have been flushed down toilets or washed down drains.
Quintex has been vocal about spreading the sewer and sea health message. Inappropriate waste management is one of the leading contributors to plastic pollution and the fatberg blockages cause serious issues in sewer networks.
Most large restaurant and pub chains spend thousands of pounds every year on problems related to their drain systems. Fats, oil, grease deposits (FOG) and food particles clog drain lines and grease traps. These cause blockages on site and downstream too, leading to conflicts with local water authorities.
Quintex wants to aid the environment and encourage proper commercial kitchen waste management practice. This is communicated through the company’s procedures.
It has developed a system called Biofix, with the objective of significantly improving grease trap and drain cleaning performance and minimising reactive pump outs.
FOGs can create a multitude of problems such as slow drains, foul odours, customer complaints and fines which can lead to high costs.
Biofix uses a blend of tailored, safe bacteria designed to consume FOGs and food particles; digesting the particles and converting it to CO2 and water, meaning there should be no by-products or risks for blockages downstream.
The solution is also said to have a low carbon footprint, supports Green Building and is ISO 14000 certified due to no toxic/caustic chemicals being used.
The company also operates another eco-friendly waste management system for commercial kitchens. Quintex is working with restaurants and pub sites across the UK to install the Ecofix grease management system.
Ecofix is an automatic duct cleaning system that is said to use environmentally friendly, food-safe products. The Ecofix system introduces fine micro-droplets of a biological agent into extraction and ventilation systems.
The Ecofix ‘mist’ settles on grease, oils, fats and other organic matter and should break down their carbon structures into water and carbonic gas, leaving a small biomass residue which is carried away by airflow and drainage systems and is claimed to be harmlessly absorbed by nature.
Chris Stevens, client manager at Quintex said: “We are hoping once Unblocktober has ended, both businesses and individuals will try and incorporate new, eco-friendly changes into their waste routine to support the UK’s sewers and seas.”