Grease Trap Cleaning in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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Despite the necessary nature of grease trap cleaning, restaurants, cafeterias, and hotels postponed services and took on some grease trap cleaning themselves over the five years to 2014, but as the economy recovers, downstream industries will increase demand for industry services and new technology will increase the recyclability and commoditization of greases and oils. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Grease Trap Cleaning industry to its growing industry report collection.

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A recovery for downstream clients is driving demand growth for grease trap cleaning

The Grease Trap Cleaning industry has expanded over the past five years as demand for the markets it serves, including restaurants and other food service establishments, have benefited from increased consumer spending. Demand for grease trap cleaning is relatively stable due to strict local and state regulations that prohibit the discharge of greasy sewerage into the main sewer systems. Most municipalities require grease traps for commercial establishments to be cleaned regularly to prevent the buildup of fats, oils and grease (FOG), which can cause raw sewage leaks and otherwise costly maintenance of sewer systems. For this reason, industry demand remains closely linked with demand for food service establishments, including fast-food restaurants, school and corporate cafeterias and hotel restaurants. As a result of growth in these segments, Grease Trap Cleaning industry revenue is expected to grow 1.4% per year on average to $417.9 million over the five years to 2014, including growth of 2.4% in 2014.

According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Andy Brennan, “The industry has been helped by the high price of yellow grease over the past five years, which has created an incentive for restaurants to properly maintain and clean their grease traps.” The pursuit of alternative fuels has intensified, helped by government incentives for biofuel. Yellow grease can be recycled into biodiesel and be used in a growing number of products, including soap, makeup, detergents, livestock feed and rubber.

“The industry is forecast to grow steadily over the five years to 2019,” says Brennan. Rising disposable income will lead more consumers to visit restaurants, which will ultimately cause food service establishments to invest in regular maintenance and cleaning of grease traps. Furthermore, stricter financial penalties are expected against businesses that do not properly dispose of FOGs, especially as more emphasis is placed on recycling. Over the next five years, more research will be put into capturing and separating FOGs from liquid waste. This will particularly be the case for brown grease, the majority of which currently ends up in landfills. Technology that allows brown grease to be transformed into a variety of products, including oil and organic solids is currently in its infancy, but will likely become more efficient over the next five years. As such, grease is expected to become more commoditized, helping to boost industry profit margins in the process.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

The Grease Trap Cleaning industry cleans and maintains grease traps to avoid unnecessary backup in sewage systems. Grease traps are plumbing tools that are used to intercept greases before they enter a wastewater system.

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Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
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Products & Services
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Globalization & Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
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