Environmental Damage Caused by Outdoor Hood Filter Cleaning

environmental concerns
A pollution source
Grease,chemical waste in the back lot of a restaurant, a tell-tale sign of hood filters being cleaned outside
Meramac River
Another shot of the Meramac River, and more grease and chemical pollution from cleaning hood filters outside
A back lot
You can see the grease, you can not see the chemicals that are on the ground also. This will drain into the storm drain after rain, the storm drain empties into a local creek. Using our A1 Filter Box will stop all of this.
Simpson Lake
A large local recreational lake, in a large public park. The grease swirls and globs up at the shoreline-a storm drain from a commercial street with restaurants empties into the lake.
A pollution source
Another glob of grease waste, from hood filter  and/or cooking equipment cleaning
A pollution source
Yet another, different area dumped with grease and chemicals
A local river
Shot of the Meramac River where the storm drain empties into it-the large blob in it is hood filter grease that was left on the ground after outside cleaning.
Captured Grease from kitchen hood filters
The grease from ONE cleaning, at ONE restaurant-this is what will dump into our waterways if not captured and is allowed to go on the ground from outside filter cleaning.
Hood Filter grease and chemicals
Another shot of commercial kitchen hood filter grease and chemical waste from ONE cleaning, captured and NOT allowed to go on the ground, as standard outside filter cleaning will.

Our A1 Filter Box Clean & Capture System will eliminate this environmental damage and is one of the main reasons our Filter Box was created. Just as important, saving restaurants and commercial kitchens time, money, hassle and headaches is another. We believe our A1 Filter Box will change current industry practices. The easier it is for kitchens to clean, and keep clean, their hood filters and control their grease output, the better. Better for everyone- clean, maintained hood filters have many benefits- reducing smoke, heat, and the risk of fires, and especially grease fires.

Commercial kitchens and restaurants are required to keep and have their hoods and filters professionally cleaned, at various intervals, but they still must keep their filters clean and fully operating in-between those times. They currently have only 3 different ways to clean their filters- #1, Hand scrubbing them, one by one, in the sink- difficult, time consuming, messy, dangerous for hands and is the least used method- #2, Running them through their dishwasher- the dishwasher jets can not clean in-between the baffles of the filters for starters, another downside is that the grease (as well as the chemicals that must be used) will spray all over the inside and some of the grease will also stay in and clog the jets, which then runs the risk of getting on and in subsequent cycles of dishes- which will usually be publicly used dishes- this is a potential health risk, this method is very common. The last, definitely not the least, method of cleaning commercial kitchen hood filters is #3- Taking them outside- usually at the back or side lot of the establishment, propping them up against either the back wall, the dumpster or a parking curb, soaking them down with  harsh chemicals (needed due to the cooked on grease), then hosing or power washing them clean. This is a very big deal, and a huge problem- all 3 methods have big downsides, but this outside method creates the biggest negative consequences. And this method is also the most commonly used method.

Our rivers, creeks and all of our waterways are being impacted in a very big way from this pollution source- it’s against EPA and many other regulations to put this grease and chemical wastewater on the ground, or to direct it into a nearby storm drain (another common practice), yet many restaurants either do it this way themselves OR their professional hood cleaners will. The impaired waterways list is growing, as well as the endangered species list- our mussels have all but disappeared, along with many species of shiners, crayfish and frogs. A huge source of run-off pollution is from commercial kitchens cleaning their equipment outside, or not in a code compliant manner, which contributes greatly to the overall deterioration of local waterways.

The A1 Filter Box is simple and effective- allowing hood filters to easily be cleaned, with no fuss, no muss- no hand scrubbing, no dishwasher use, and especially NO grease or chemicals left on the ground! Outside commercial hood filter and equipment cleaning is being done- everywhere and all the time, over and over. Some restaurants have to do it weekly, because- they’re required to keep their hood filters clean and there’s been no other way to get this accomplished. Think of the number of food establishments, just in your own neighborhood even, along with convenience stores, schools, large employers, hospitals- the list goes on and on. If even only a percentage of them clean their filters outside and each cleaning produces about 200 gallons of wastewater and pounds of grease, all of that will end up polluting the nearby waterways, EACH AND EVERY TIME, by EACH AND EVERY KITCHEN, over and over. The A1 Filter Box captures and contains every bit of the grease and wastewater produced from the cleaning of hood filters or equipment, allowing for proper disposal, and NOTHING is allowed to go on the ground or is directed into a storm drain.

GO BACK- WATCH OUR VIDEO, Fill out the form to receive our brochure- Restaurants, find out how the A1 Filter Box will save you so much time and money, how using it will reduce your grease output in both your grease traps and your sanitation lines, how it will keep your filters out of your dishwasher, eliminate hand scrubbing and all done with a ONE-TIME purchase and in an approved code compliant manner- and with the added benefit of being great for our environment!

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