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December 31st, 2019 |  Blog

In the Event of Stubborn Grease Trap Odors >

If you have a commercial kitchen, you know what a pain grease trap odors can be, especially if they are stubborn or particularly powerful. Fortunately, there are solutions, such as a regular grease trap cleaning by the professional technicians at SeQuential. Check out this handy guide to preventing grease trap odors.

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December 19th, 2019 |  Blog and Used Cooking Oil

How Used Cooking Oil Collection Benefits Your Carbon Footprint >

If you operate a commercial kitchen, you probably dispose of a lot of used cooking oil. Did you know you can help turn it into something good instead of putting it down the drain? Recycling cooking oil does not need to be a struggle. At SeQuential we provide you with a free receptacle to collect your used cooking oil. We then work with you to customize a collection schedule that works for your business’ needs. After we collect your used oil, we convert it locally into sustainable, low carbon biodiesel. There are amazing pros to used cooking oil conservation, like significantly reducing waste, which helps the environment.

Improving Your Carbon Footprint with Used Cooking Oil

A growing number of businesses are looking for ways to reduce their environmental impact, and collecting your used cooking oil is a great way to positively contribute to your community and the planet. Here are some ways collecting used cooking oil reduces your carbon footprint and helps the planet:

  • Improved air quality: Using cooking oil to create biodiesel reduces emissions in the air. Biodiesel fuels emit fewer particulates and sulfates, which keeps the air easier to breathe and helps prevent acid rain.
  • Better energy balance: The U.S. imported 11% of its petroleum in 2018, and transportation was responsible for two-thirds of petroleum consumption. Using a local fuel model reduces the amount of fuel that needs to be imported, and biodiesel has a positive energy balance. This means that biodiesel yields more energy during its life cycle than petroleum fuel, which reduces greenhouse emissions.
  • Easier on water treatment facilities: Used cooking oil often goes into a grease trap in order to mitigate the burden on municipalities’ water treatment facilities. Fats, oils, and grease tend to thicken the longer they sit, putting a strain on sewers and drains. Used cooking oil isn’t always properly disposed of, which means it makes its way into the local water systems, sometimes clogging main sewer lines. By recycling your used cooking oil into biodiesel, you are reducing the strain on the local sewage systems.
  • Improved safety: Biodiesel is less combustible, making it safer to transport. It is also less toxic than petroleum fuel, and much less likely to harm common fish species if an accidental spill occurs near water.

Let’s Go Green Together

We want to help you go green and save the planet. Contact us today to learn how you can start collecting your used cooking oil with us. We will craft a pickup schedule that works for you and your business, and you can feel good knowing you’re contributing to a healthier planet simply by recycling your oil!


December 12th, 2019 |  Blog and Used Cooking Oil

Problems That May Occur With Your Used Cooking Oil Container >

Getting a used cooking oil container and starting the process of recycling your used cooking oil can be very exciting. Maybe you’ve been looking for a better way to dispose of your oil for a long time, or maybe you’ve wanted to reduce your carbon footprint. There is no wrong reason to get started recycling your cooking oil. SeQuential works hard to make the process as effortless as possible for our customers, and to help best prepare you to use your container, we have compiled a list of problems you might encounter and how to easily avoid them.

Wrong Size Container

One of the main issues you might encounter is that the size of your used cooking oil container doesn’t match the output of oil at your restaurant or business. If you’re a smaller business with less grease output, you don’t require a large container and having a big container might be cumbersome to your business. If you have a large, high-volume restaurant you’re going to want a larger container that matches the volume of used oil you produce.

Our SeQuential technicians will make sure you have a container that fits your space.

Theft

Believe it or not, theft of used cooking oil containers can be a serious problem. Unfortunately, individuals steal containers to sell on the black market. This not only creates an environmental risk of spills, is illegal, but it’s also costly for reputable companies to replace the stolen bin. For this reason, we recommend keeping your bin in a well-lit area, and one that is preferably fenced in. We also recommend you monitor the grease levels in your bins between pickups to see if someone has been siphoning oil. This is typically an early warning sign your collection container is at risk of theft. If you can place the container within view of a frequently checked security camera, you have the best chance of thwarting thieves. Our technicians are happy to walk you through other tips for keeping your bin safe.

We provide locks for bins, and as a best practice, we recommend you always use the lock we provide.

Weather Damage

When you store your container outdoors, adverse weather can pose a risk. High winds and rain can knock a smaller container over, and other large objects crashing into the collection bin can cause damage as well. If you have an outdoor, fenced trash corral, you can place your used cooking oil container securely between your larger disposal bins to provide a buffer from wind and other inclement weather. We are happy to work with you to figure out the best configuration and location for your bin.

Let Us Help

We are here to help with any questions you may have about your used cooking oil container. The recycling and collection process should be as hassle-free as possible, and we look forward to working with you to make the planet a greener, healthier place for everyone. Contact us today to learn more.


December 5th, 2019 |  Blog

Fire Risks of Improper Cooking Oil Disposal >

One of the most important parts of running a successful kitchen is safety. SeQuential was started in the back of a restaurant, so we know how important it is to you and your business that your customers and employees stay safe. It’s also important that your building remains secure, even when you’re not present. One of the biggest risks posed to any commercial kitchen is fire, and one of the main causes of fires in kitchens is cooking oil that hasn’t been properly disposed of. Fortunately, reducing the risk of fire can easily be achieved by properly maintaining your grease trap and adhering to best practices when disposing of your used oil. Here is a quick overview of how improper disposal leads to fires and what you can do to prevent them.

Clogged Traps and Unsafe Practices

Many cooking oil fires are caused by grease traps that are not properly serviced and maintained. Allowing grease traps to back up is extremely dangerous. Cooking oil has a low flash point, making it highly flammable. If a grease trap overflows near the stove or a gas source, this can be especially dangerous as it exposes everyone to a very flammable work environment.

Another way grease fires can happen is when someone allows an abundance of cooking oil to overflow onto the stove-top or from the fryer. Grease fires are very difficult to contain, and many people panic when a small fire starts and don’t perform the correct safety procedures, leading to larger fires and more destruction.

If you have a clogged grease trap outside of your business, and someone throws a lit object too close, major fire damage can occur to your business as well as your neighbors.

Having used cooking oil sitting around in the open, for any reason, isn’t safe. The best practice is to properly dispose of the cooking oil in a timely fashion in a SeQuential container.

How to Prevent Cooking Oil Fire Risks

Keeping your business safe from cooking oil fires can be broken down into two, very easy steps:

  • Keep your grease trap clean: Having your grease trap correctly serviced by expert SeQuential technicians not only helps you avoid dangerous backups, but it also helps you avoid hefty fines from your municipality’s grease inspector for not properly maintaining the trap. We work with you to create a maintenance schedule that fits with your oil use and keeps everything up to code.
  • Recycle your used cooking oil: You can avoid having an abundance of cooking oil sitting around your business by recycling it into low carbon biodiesel. We provide you with a hassle-free disposal container, and then we work with you to create a convenient pickup schedule. This keeps the cooking oil safely contained while it awaits its second life as green energy that’s better for the planet.

Let Us Help You Keep Your Business Safe

At SeQuential, we are experts at grease trap maintenance. Our professional technicians can help ensure your trap is clean and free of clogs, and we will gladly collect any used cooking oil you have in our effort to reduce greenhouse emissions. Contact us today.


November 30th, 2019 |  Blog and Used Cooking Oil

Getting Used Cooking Oil Out during a Restaurant’s Peak Hours >

Every successful restaurant needs all hands on deck to meet customer demands during the busiest times of the day. When the lunch hour or dinner rush hits, it’s difficult to find time to properly dispose of used cooking oil. However, with a few smart strategies, you can make the process run smoothly and quickly, so it’s possible to efficiently serve customers and meet your sustainability goals for oil recycling. Browse these tips from SeQuential to learn more about removing used cooking oil from restaurants during your busiest times.

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November 23rd, 2019 |  Blog and Grease Traps

Clean Or Replace? What To Consider For Your Grease Trap >

The grease trap is the commercial kitchen’s unsung hero. Placed out of sight beneath the sink, it does one of the most important jobs in your facility as it keeps harmful substances from entering the sewage system and prevents costly damage to your plumbing. Regular cleaning promotes lasting use, but eventually, you’ll need to replace this essential kitchen component. When is it the right time? SeQuential can explain when grease trap services are needed and when it’s time for a replacement.

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November 1st, 2019 |  Blog and Used Cooking Oil

Transferring Used Cooking Oil from Your Fryer to Your Collection Bin >

Used cooking oil recycling is one of the best choices you can make for your business and one that benefits the environment and local community as well. Now that you’ve committed to this sustainable practice, it’s important to follow safety and hygiene procedures for used cooking oil collection at your restaurant or foodservice facility. This is especially relevant when transferring used oil from your kitchen to the collection container. To institute best practices in your kitchen, check out a few tips from SeQuential.

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October 31st, 2019 |  Blog

Fatbergs: The Worst-Case Scenario of Improper Grease Disposal >

Properly disposing of used cooking oil is an important responsibility of any restaurant or business. Not paying attention to how you get rid of your used oil could not only cause you severe financial and logistical headaches but also affect the wider community. In recent years, fatbergs have been discovered lurking in sewer systems underneath metropolitan areas. They are caused by the poor cooking oil recycling habits of the cities’ residents. Familiarize yourself with what fatbergs are and how to prevent them with this guide from SeQuential.

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October 22nd, 2019 |  Blog and Used Cooking Oil

Common Problems of Used Cooking Oil Storage >

If you’re running a kitchen in a restaurant or business and want to help reduce your environmental impact by reusing cooking oil, finding where to store it is essential. However, depending on the kitchen, used cooking oil storage can involve some complications that can seem to make it difficult to reach your goal of increased sustainability. SeQuential is here so you can be prepared to find potential solutions to keep your kitchen running efficiently and sustainably.

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October 15th, 2019 |  Blog and Recycle Home Cooking Oil

Recycling Used Cooking Oil in Limited Space >

Deciding to recycle your used cooking oil is an admirable choice that will help your local community and environment. If the kitchen you work in is small, you may struggle to find places to store your oil. Instead of giving up on used cooking oil recycling, SeQuential has put together some tips for you to keep in mind when thinking of places to store your used oil. By following these ideas, you should be able to free up space while achieving your environmental goals.

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