November 15th, 2022 |  Categories Blog

Working in the Used Cooking Oil Industry: Employee Interview with Drew Pekarek

Working in the fast-paced and growing clean energy industry can provide prospective employees with exciting opportunities to help turn a waste product into a renewable fuel source. SeQuential offers its employees this rewarding effort through a variety of roles. One of those employees is senior account manager Drew Pekarek. With 10 years at SeQuential and over 4,000 clients under his supervision, Pekarek has great insight into what it’s like working in the biodiesel fuel industry. Here, Pekarek shares his experiences and explains the company culture at SeQuential.


October 10th, 2022 |  Categories Blog and Recycle Used Cooking Oil

Recycle Your Cooking Oil or Thieves Just Might

As the use of biodiesel fuel becomes more prevalent in our communities, restaurants and other food service venues have a simple and eco-conscious way to turn their old, used cooking oils and animal fats into something useful. Not having to worry about the storage, transporting, and disposal fees for cooking oil allows these establishments to focus on their customers. Unfortunately, with a recent rise in demand for biodiesel, companies whose purpose is to refine these oils safely and responsibly for legal sale to local businesses are not the only ones interested.


September 25th, 2022 |  Categories Biodiesel and Blog

What Is Biodiesel Fuel?

With all the different alternative fuel options available, it can be hard to know what the differences are. You always want the right fuel for your equipment, and biodiesel fuel certainly has its benefits. But what separates biodiesel from traditional diesel fuel? Let the experts at SeQuential help you understand this sustainable alternative. Here, we explore where it comes from, what it’s used for, and why it’s a smart choice for retailers, distributors, and other business managers on the West Coast as well as across the country.


August 25th, 2022 |  Categories Biodiesel

Recycling Used Cooking Oil Is Easier Than You Think

Used cooking oil can have a significant impact on the environment, but recycling the substance may seem difficult and expensive for commercial kitchens. As a result, some choose not to recycle cooking oil at all. With a commitment to helping produce sustainable and ultra-low carbon fuels that are good for the environment, SeQuential offers specialized used cooking oil collection services to clients throughout the United States. Here, we dive deeper into our process and what helps our company stand out from the rest.

July 25th, 2022 |  Categories Blog

Grease Recycling: It’s Free with SeQuential

SeQuential is committed to helping produce sustainable, ultra-low carbon fuels that are good for the environment and good for our communities. As the largest biodiesel producer in Oregon, we’ve been helping commercial food establishments reduce their carbon footprint for over 20 years by recycling their used cooking oil. Learn more about our free grease recycling and disposal services.


July 11th, 2022 |  Categories Blog

Biodiesel: The Green Fuel of the Future

Biodiesel is a type of fuel that works like petroleum diesel but is better for the environment. As a green energy alternative, biodiesel can be produced from used cooking oil and grease. Using a process called transesterification, these oils are refined into biodiesel. As more and more companies look for ways to reduce their environmental impact, biodiesel is becoming an increasingly popular fuel source. Learn more about how biodiesel works and the future of clean energy from SeQuential and our parent company, Crimson Renewable Energy.


June 11th, 2022 |  Categories Blog

What Can You Do With Used Cooking Oil?

Did you know that you can recycle used cooking oil right at home? If you’re looking for a way to help make your household more eco-conscious, repurposing cooking oil can help. At SeQuential, we are leaders in used cooking oil recycling and know the value of taking something that looks like waste and turning it into a usable product. Here, we’ll discuss some of the things you can do at home.


May 25th, 2022 |  Categories Blog

The Role of Biodiesel Fuel In Energy Independence

As we learn more about the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment, it’s more important than ever to transition away from fossil fuels and toward sustainable energy sources. Biodiesel producers like SeQuential and our parent company Crimson Renewable Energy play an important role in striving for energy independence. Commercial kitchens can help in that goal! Learn more about how retail food establishments can assist with advancing biofuel production in the United States.


May 11th, 2022 |  Categories Blog

New Restaurant Owners: Let Us Take Your Used Cooking Oil Away for Free

As a new restaurant owner, you have countless responsibilities – designing a menu, hiring staff, ordering supplies, and marketing your business. One thing you shouldn’t have to worry about is what to do with your used cooking oil. A common byproduct for any commercial kitchen with a deep fryer, used cooking oil shouldn’t go in the trash or down the drain – you need to properly store it and dispose of it safely. Fortunately, partnering with SeQuential makes it easy to get rid of your old cooking oil. We offer a free recycling program, and we repurpose used cooking oil to create biodiesel fuel.


April 25th, 2022 |  Categories Blog

How Recycling Used Cooking Oil Helps a Restaurant’s Bottom Line

Restaurant managers are required to be jacks of all trades. In addition to recruiting and training staff and overseeing operations, they must stay up to date on health department codes and requirements. One important aspect of restaurant management is the safe handling and disposal of used cooking oil. Fortunately, when you work with SeQuential, you can rest easy knowing your used oil will be appropriately collected and recycled.


April 18th, 2022 |  Categories Blog

Tips to Be Eco-Friendly

Today’s consumers know how important it is to be mindful of our environmental impact. Our natural resources – clean air, safe water, and healthy soil – are precious, and we want to protect them for future generations. While sustainable living may seem like a challenge, there are lots of things you and your family can do to practice a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Learn ways to be more eco-friendly in this post from SeQuential.


April 11th, 2022 |  Categories Blog

Why Are Restaurants Teaming Up with Biodiesel Producers?

As one of the longest-running commercial biodiesel producers on the West Coast, SeQuential partners directly with retail food establishments to source used cooking oil that can be processed into biodiesel fuel. Biodiesel has a carbon footprint that’s up to 85% smaller than that of petroleum diesel, which makes it an ideal alternative fuel source for environmentally conscious businesses. By contributing their used cooking oil, restaurants and other businesses can reduce waste while positively impacting the environment.


March 11th, 2022 |  Categories Blog

What Is Sustainable Living?

Sustainability may seem like a buzzword, but it’s a critical concept for protecting our planet. Sustainable living means understanding how our choices affect the world around us and taking steps to reduce waste and protect environmental resources for future generations. It promotes making conscious decisions that reduce our individual and collective impact on the environment. While each of these changes might seem minimal, we can make a big difference when we practice sustainable living collectively on a broader scale. Learn more in this guide from SeQuential.


February 17th, 2022 |  Categories Blog

Employee Testimonial: Trevor Bennett

As soon as Trevor Bennett started working at SeQuential, the driver was encouraged to learn about other roles at the company. “From the get-go, when I started as a Class C truck driver collecting and servicing grease traps, they also trained me to collect used cooking oil at the restaurants,” Bennett says. This approach is very helpful for logistics and staffing at the company, but also good for employees who want to explore their options at SeQuential. “You already know the process if you ever wanted to move up or do something different,” Bennett adds.


January 15th, 2022 |  Categories Blog

How Soon Should I Recycle My Used Cooking Oil?

Cooking oil is essential for making your favorite foods, but it’s important to change it regularly and recycle it correctly to have the best impact on your food and the environment. SeQuential collects used cooking oil from restaurants and cooks across the West Coast and converts it into ultra-low carbon biodiesel, to deliver cleaner fuel to our communities. Here, we discuss how soon you should pursue cooking oil recycling.


December 17th, 2021 |  Categories Blog

How Often Do Restaurant Grease Traps Need to Be Cleaned?

A restaurant grease trap is essential to cooking foods your customers love, but it’s also crucial to keep it well-maintained to prevent problems. Having a clean and functional grease trap ensures your customers’ satisfaction and keeps your business’ reputation strong, so you need a cleaning vendor you have faith in to keep it in the best condition – like SeQuential. Here, we explore how often restaurant grease traps should be cleaned and explain our grease trap services, which are available across the West Coast.


November 14th, 2021 |  Categories Blog

What Happens to My Cooking Oil if I Don’t Recycle It?

Commercial kitchens and restaurants often use large amounts of cooking oil, and the same might be said for the most passionate of home chefs. Whatever the case, used cooking oil must be recycled properly to reduce harmful effects on the environment. SeQuential provides used cooking oil recycling and grease trap cleaning services across the West Coast, helping businesses with commercial kitchens run smoothly and remain in compliance with local regulations. Here, we share some of the negative outcomes that can stem from not recycling cooking oil – and the benefits that come recycling it.


October 12th, 2021 |  Categories Blog

The State of Sustainability in Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California, is the first city in the United States to implement a large-scale sustainability plan. In 2015, the Sustainable City pLAn was executed, beginning a trend in the city and across the country. In 2019, Mayor Eric Garcetti implemented LA’s Green New Deal to continue creating a healthy and sustainable environment for community members. Here, SeQuential discusses the state of the city’s sustainability efforts.


September 9th, 2021 |  Categories Blog and Grease Traps

What Happens if I Don’t Clean My Grease Trap Often Enough?

Grease traps are found in most commercial kitchens. They’re designed to catch and store fats, oils, and grease (FOG). Over time, the grease trap fills up and must be emptied. Far too often, though, cleaning and maintenance are overlooked or pushed off to a later time. Here, SeQuential describes the issues that may arise if you don’t clean your grease trap often enough.


August 10th, 2021 |  Categories Blog

What’s Included With Grease Trap Cleaning?

Grease trap cleaning is the process of removing grease waste and other food particles from the unit. It is possible to clean grease traps on your own, but it can be a very difficult and messy job. Hiring a professional grease trap cleaning service to clean your grease trap is the best course of action. SeQuential, which specializes in grease trap maintenance and the removal of grease, discusses what’s included in grease trap maintenance and why it’s important.


July 18th, 2021 |  Categories Blog and Used Cooking Oil

Used Cooking Oil Disposal Regulations in Los Angeles

As one of the biggest cities in the United States, Los Angeles, boasts many restaurants, venues, and facilities that rely on cooking oil for meal preparation. This oil must be disposed of properly to avoid negative impacts on the environment and city infrastructure. SeQuential collects and recycles used cooking oil from businesses across the West Coast, including the LA metro area. Here, we discuss cooking oil disposal regulations and practices in the city.


June 12th, 2021 |  Categories Blog and Used Cooking Oil

Health Risks of Accumulating Used Cooking Oil

Reusing cooking oil can help you save time and money on meal preparation, but it can also cause numerous health risks that outweigh its benefits. As the longest-running commercial biodiesel producer on the West Coast, SeQuential collects and recycles used cooking oil from thousands of restaurants and facilities from Portland, Oregon, to South El Monte, California, and the Los Angeles metro area. Here, we discuss the dangers of reheating cooking oil to help you keep your family or patrons safe.


May 9th, 2021 |  Categories Blog

How Does a Grease Trap Work in a Commercial Kitchen?

Grease traps are devices that your kitchen wastewater flows through on the way to the sewer. These devices separate grease and other fatty waste from the water before it can reach the sewer. At SeQuential, we pride ourselves on providing commercial businesses with excellent grease trap services. Here, we discuss the ins and outs of grease traps and how they work.


April 14th, 2021 |  Categories Blog

Common Causes of Grease Trap Odors

Grease traps are effective and efficient in removing oil and grease from wastewater, but without proper maintenance, they can produce an unpleasant odor in your establishment. SeQuential delivers exceptional grease trap services to numerous West Coast businesses, from Portland, Oregon, to the Los Angeles metro area of South El Monte, California. Here, we discuss the common causes of grease trap odors and several solutions to combat them.


March 10th, 2021 |  Categories Blog

Educating Restaurant Employees About Grease Collection

Cooking oil and grease are central ingredients in commercial kitchens, and restaurant owners must ensure they are handled properly for the safety and success of their business. Serving restaurants around Portland and Eugene, Oregon, and South El Monte and Los Angeles, California, SeQuential helps manage fats, oils, and grease (FOG) with expert trap services. Here, we describe what your employees need to know about grease collection to mitigate the risk of accidents.


February 14th, 2021 |  Categories Blog

How Can Businesses Afford Grease Collection Services?

Restaurant owners understand the importance of keeping their grease traps and fryers well-maintained, but they may be wondering if grease collection programs can do so affordably. Luckily, SeQuential has been providing convenient and cost-free used cooking oil collection and recycling services to restaurants and businesses located on the West Coast since 2008. Learn more about how your business can afford oil and grease collection services from SeQuential.


November 15th, 2020 |  Categories Blog and Recycle Used Cooking Oil

Why SeQuential Is the Choice for Cooking Oil Recycling

If you run a busy restaurant, you will be left with a large amount of used cooking oil at the end of the night. Used cooking oil is a byproduct of running an eatery, yet it is something that most owners and employees seldom think about. The way you choose to dispose of your used cooking oil can impact the way customers view your restaurant, as well as your bottom line, and the environment.


November 10th, 2020 |  Categories Blog

How Your Restaurant Can Make a Positive Impact on the Environment

In restaurants everywhere, cooking oil is used to prepare a wide variety of foods, from french fries to chicken wings to onion rings. But what happens to the leftover cooking oil and grease after all the meals for the night have been served? In the past, managers would instruct their team to wash the leftover grease down the drain with hot water, or they’d let it solidify before throwing it in the trash. But today, washing used cooking oil down the drain is known to have drastic negative consequences for the environment. In many cases this practice might also be illegal.


November 5th, 2020 |  Categories Blog

How Often Should You Change Your Cooking Oil?

Running a restaurant is hard work. With inventory to order, employees to manage, and customers to please, you still need to know when to change your cooking oil and how to properly dispose of it. At SeQuential, we specialize in collecting used cooking oil and turning it into ultra-low carbon biodiesel, which allows us to provide clean fuel for communities throughout the West Coast. What’s more, our grease trap maintenance and used cooking oil recycling services help make life a lot easier for restaurant owners. If you are wondering how often you should change your cooking oil or what to do with it, we are here to help.


October 20th, 2020 |  Categories Blog and Recycle Used Cooking Oil

How We Get the Cooking Oil We Recycle

SeQuential is one of the longest-running biodiesel producers on the West Coast. We’ve been serving local businesses for years with used cooking oil collection services, transforming everything we collect into environmentally friendly biodiesel. But how do we collect all this used cooking oil? Here’s a brief overview of our collection process. READ MORE