Bioremediation refers to any method that uses microbes (microorganisms) to recycle organic materials and sequester inorganic ions. Because the primary responsibility of microbes is to recycle organic material, they must be present in sufficient quantities and diversity in order to do this.

Under carefully controlled conditions, bioremediation can be a practical and cost effective method to remove hydrocarbons from contaminated surfaces and sub-surfaces. Bioremediation is the basis for composting and recycling.

Bioremediation technologies utilize naturally occurring microorganisms, such as bacteria, to degrade hazardous substances into non-toxic or less toxic substances.

At OBI we believe the success of our products, specialized applications, and services are due to the importance we place on educating people about bioremediation and the most effective use of our products. It makes good sense that we test to be sure that bioremediation is a viable option prior to starting any project. The bottom line is if our microbes cannot live in the material to be bio-treated then bioremediation may not be the good solution in this particular case.