It is critical that commercial kitchen drains are clean, odour-free and free-flowing but the problem of FOG (Fats, Oil and Grease) can be a worrying concern to the catering business.

Finding a solution that is fully compliant with current building regulations is where Mechline, the kitchen solutions provider delivers.  A pioneer in keeping drains clean and clear with its practical, sustainable and cost effective GreasePaK remedy – Mechline’s standalone bioremediation system provides effective grease removal without the use of a grease trap.

GreasePaK is an environmentally friendly Class 1 biodegradable product that degrades FOGs into smaller, simpler molecules that cannot reform or solidify.

The product has undergone rigorous independent testing and as a result, it is the only BBA accredited product of its kind in the UK, providing customers with the confidence that it is safe, efficient and compliant.

“A commercial kitchen without an efficient method of grease removal contravenes current regulations and can result in hefty fines for the operator,” warns Ian Cresswell, Mechline Business Development Director. UK Building Regulations 2000, amended in April 2002, state that ‘drainage serving kitchens in commercial hot food premises should be fitted with a grease separator complying with prEN 1825-1 and designed in accordance with prEN 1825-2 or other effective means of grease removal’.

However, he says, GreasePaK can work alongside existing grease traps making them far more effective and less of a headache or on its own as a standalone fully compliant solution.

Active in professional kitchens across the UK, and abroad, the company’s ground-breaking GreasePaK bio-enzymatic solution has been helping caterers to eliminate FOG from drains before the problem of blocked drains can materialise leaving staff free to attend to other duties.

The new features added to theautomatic dosing system is one of the new developmentsto be found on Mechline’s GreasePaK2 model. Still using the same MSGD formulation as previously, the new wall mounted unit is more compact and incorporates built-in electronic sensor technology (to advise operators when to change the MSGD fluid containers), is easy to set and still provides an exceptional battery life of up to 24 months.

According to Ian Cresswell: “Catering kitchens naturally discharge high levels of FOG resulting in slow drains and blockages.  Up to now the traditional method of dealing with the problem was a grease trap.  However, bulky grease traps are expensive to install, unwieldy and take up valuable space. They also call for regular emptying and managing – a further distraction for the busy kitchen.  Cleaning grease traps is always an unpopular job, but if left unchecked can result in kitchen contamination. And this is where the simple installation of GreasePaK comes into its own.”

“GreasePaK is a compact, easy-to-fit, effective solution against the build-up of FOG. With its new automatic dosing system introducing a highly effective and safe multi-strain bio-fluid into the drains, it helps to keep them free from blockage and the associated risk of back flow which could significantly affect a foodservice operation.”

With daily dosing, the bacteria in GreasePaK will colonise the drain pipework to form a ‘biofilm’ – an active bio-enzymatic coating that will regenerate itself and produce a continuous supply of highly active enzymes for FOG degradation. GreasePaK requires no special operational, handling or storage procedures.

GreasePak is available through Mechline distributors nationwide, for details of local branches call the company direct on 01908 261511.

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