Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Starting a BBQ Grill Cleaning Business
Part Four

GRILL CLEANING BYPRODUCT: DIRTY WATER

After cleaning a certain number of barbecue grills that have accumulated their fair share of carbon and grease—plus all sorts of grime associated with equipment that is kept outdoors—the resulting wastewater must be disposed of at some point.

Because of the water, combined with eco-friendly cleaners used in the process, as well as the organic nature of the cleaning solution byproduct, the wastewater is not detrimental to the aquifer, as it was explained to me by the Wastewater Disposal Specialist for the city of DeLand.

Having said that, the local water treatment plant does not offer a way for me to dispose of the wastewater at that location. And the same applies to the local waste and recycling center, although there is a landfill, about an hour away, that does accept liquid waste. But that one is just too far, for it to make practical sense.

So  the issue of how to get rid of about 20 gallons of the gunk once or twice a month, remains. I even called Volusia County and exchanged emails with the Volusia County Environmental Specialist who offered a few suggestions as to who to talk to.

One of the contacts suggested that I dispose of it in my backyard, and to sprinkle lime (calcium hydroxide) if odor was an issue. I was told again that, since the solution does not pose a threat to the aquifer, this is not a concern. However, since I live in a sub-division, that isn't the best option for me.

The other suggestion was to dispose of the dirty water at a local self-serve car wash or, alternatively, talk to someone at a local restaurant since they have a grease trap. The car wash idea seems reasonable since they are required by the county to have a system to process the wastewater they generate, so I will explore that option.

If you are doing research on launching a grill cleaning business in your area, please keep in mind that environmental laws and regulations vary from state to state, and also from county to county, so make sure you talk to as many people as you can in order to determine what will be required of you, as far as disposing of wastewater.