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December 31st, 2019 |  Blog

Expanding on Tailpipe Emissions for Biodiesel >

As the world becomes more educated on the environmental impact of the choices we make every day, it’s important to look for ways to make positive changes wherever possible. For some, that might be avoiding single-use plastics or committing to making more sustainable choices for workplace purchases. More and more people are also turning to alternatives to petroleum-based fuels, such as biodiesel, for their personal and commercial vehicles. If you’re considering making the move to a cleaner fuel source, SeQuential offers everything you need to know about biodiesel emissions, production, and more.

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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 28th, 2019 |  Blog

Non-Usable Byproducts in Used Cooking Oil >

Used cooking oil from offers an incredible source for creating low carbon biodiesel fuel. This type of fuel helps create a greener planet and a more robust local economy. SeQuential provides restaurants and other businesses with all of the tools necessary to collect their used oil for recycling. In order to make SeQuential biodiesel l, the used cooking oil needs to be free of unusable byproducts. We have compiled a helpful list of things to look out for so you can recycle the most usable, clean cooking oil possible.

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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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October 8th, 2019 |  Blog and Used Cooking Oil

How Cooking Oil Disposal Can Help Encourage Other Sustainability Practices in the Kitchen >

One of the best ways to make your kitchen green is by recycling your used cooking oil. Being sustainable is contagious, and can lead you to adopt more environmental practices that will help you reduce your waste and create more value for your community. SeQuential has outlined next steps you can take in your kitchen to reduce your environmental footprint.

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September 27th, 2019 |  Restaurant Used Oil

Factors That Determine Cooking Oil Use in Your Business or Facility >

Many types of food businesses use cooking oil, but the amount that is produced depends on several different factors. If your commercial kitchen participates in a used cooking oil recycling program, knowing how much oil you produce is helpful so you can schedule pickups at the correct time and not let your container fill up too quickly. In order to accurately determine how much cooking oil READ MORE


September 17th, 2019 |  Grease Traps and Health risks of FOG

Top Benefits of a Grease Trap for a Business >

The grease trap isn’t the most glamorous part of a commercial kitchen. Often hidden beneath the sinks or outside underground, it stays out of sight and doesn’t draw much attention. Despite this low profile, the grease trap is one of the most important parts of your business – and when improperly maintained, it can cause major headaches. In the dark about grease traps? SeQuential explains their function and benefits so you can make the most of this hardworking kitchen component.

Stop the FOG

Throughout the normal operation of a kitchen, there will be plenty of substances poured down the drain of a sink. Most likely, not all of it is safe and healthy to join the shared drainage system for the community, which is where the drain leads. In order to catch these rogue substances before they hit the main sewage line, a grease trap is needed to collect them. Among these substances, some of the most important to keep out of pipes are fats, oils, and grease, known as FOG.

If FOG is allowed to enter the sewer system, large quantities can collect and grow, creating “fatbergs” underneath cities that cause major plumbing problems. If everyone’s grease traps are working, though, the FOG can be collected in time and avoid this menace from growing underneath the streets.

Help Out the Environment

FOG is not only dangerous because of the damage it can cause to pipes and sewage systems. It can also harm the environment if allowed to enter waterways. FOG that is not collected by grease traps can be released into rivers and streams, contaminating them and making it dangerous to drink the water. It can also create a hazard for animals living in these environments. Without grease traps, this FOG would continue unimpeded into water catchment areas, and we would lose the ability to convert it into another use, helping the environment. Just as important, if it’s proven that your business is improperly handling FOG, you could face steep fines from local, state, and federal agencies.

Proper Maintenance Tips

For your grease trap to do its job, you should follow best practices to ensure proper function. Some of these tips include:

  • Scrape off extra food on plates: Before you use the sink to wash dishes, make sure any large chunks of food are scraped away to limit the amount of waste the grease trap has to collect.
  • Recycle your cooking oil: Pouring used cooking oil down the drain is one of the biggest factors that can lead to damage in your pipes. Instead, have your used cooking oil recycled so it can be turned into sustainable biofuel.
  • Clear out the trap: The common threshold for emptying your grease trap is when it is one-fourth of the way full. Once FOG builds up past this mark, the trap’s effectiveness is greatly reduced. Make sure to monitor how quickly your trap fills up so you know when to have it emptied.

Maximize Grease Trap Benefits

A functional grease trap is an essential part of any kitchen. If you need help maintaining your grease trap, SeQuential offers effortless grease trap cleaning services to prevent blockages, fumes, and more. Contact us today to learn more or schedule your first grease trap cleaning.


September 10th, 2019 |  Biodiesel, Biodiesel Sustainability, and Restaurant Used Oil

What Recycling Used Cooking Oil Does For Your Restaurant >

There’s no shortage of cooking oil in most restaurant kitchens, where it’s used for everything from the deep fryer to sauté pans. Figuring out what to do with the oil after you use it can be a difficult problem to solve, but there is a simple solution. Restaurants that participate in a recycling program for their used cooking oil receive a host of benefits that extend from their business to the health of the environment. READ MORE


September 3rd, 2019 |  Recycle Home Cooking Oil, Recycle Used Cooking Oil, and Used Cooking Oil

Do You Use Enough Cooking Oil to Be Worth Recycling? >

Recycling used cooking oil is an important process, and it offers several benefits. From keeping this potentially damaging substance out of your pipes to protecting the environment, you can feel good about recycling. But while it’s easy to see why cooking oil recycling pays off for large commercial kitchens, stadiums, and foodservice businesses, how do you know if you should recycle the used cooking oil from your kitchen as well? READ MORE


August 31st, 2019 |  Blog and Used Cooking Oil

Cooking Oil Container Integrity Checklist >

If you’ve already decided to recycle used cooking oil in your commercial food prep facility, you’ve made the smart choice. It also means you’ll need to designate a container for collecting and storing used cooking oil during daily operations. For safety and efficiency, it’s important to keep that container in good condition and avoid leaks, spills, and other issues. SeQuential offers a simple checklist to help prevent used cooking oil container leaks and ensure your storage container delivers reliable use day after day.

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August 24th, 2019 |  Blog and Used Cooking Oil

Wear and Tear on Pipes: Improper Disposal of Used Cooking Oil >

Proper disposal of cooking oil should be a top priority in any restaurant, commercial kitchen or food prep facility. But when the dinner rush hits or workers are busier than usual, taking those extra steps to dispose of oil the right way might seem like more trouble than it’s worth. However, anyone who’s ever experienced the serious damage oil can cause to plumbing will tell you that cutting corners this way will only bring more trouble in the future. Learn more about the dangers of improper cooking oil disposal to get on the right track with used oil management today.

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August 17th, 2019 |  Blog and Used Cooking Oil

Vegetable or Olive: Does it Matter in Used Cooking Oil? >

Commercial kitchens use a variety of oils to prepare the meals customers crave, but few are more popular than vegetable and olive oil. Cooks know both oils have unique properties that make them the best choice for various dishes, but how do those differences play out when it comes to recycling? If you’re curious about how the type of oil you use affects the recycling process, SeQuential explains everything you need to know about the differences in used vegetable oil and used olive oil.

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August 10th, 2019 |  Blog and Used Cooking Oil

A Brief History of Used Cooking Oil Recycling >

To turn used cooking oil into high-performance biodiesel, companies like SeQuential use cutting-edge technologies and advanced science. But if you think that’s where the story begins, think again. While this practice is more popular than ever, it actually dates back as far as the late 19th century. If you’d like to learn more about the history of used cooking oil recycling, SeQuential covers everything you need to know in this quick review.

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June 25th, 2019 |  Biodiesel Sustainability, Blog, and Restaurant Used Oil

Why Customers Appreciate It When You Recycle Cooking Oil >

A lot of thought goes into your customers’ choice to do business with you. Whether you’re an event facility with a small kitchen, or part of a national fast food chain, they’ll be more likely to be loyal to your brand if they know you’re striving to be more sustainable. Recycling your used cooking oil is an easy way to begin adopting more sustainable business practices. Here’s a look at how doing so with SeQuential will enhance your clientele’s appreciation for your company. READ MORE


June 18th, 2019 |  Blog, Recycle Used Cooking Oil, and Restaurant Used Oil

Who should use a cooking oil recycling service? >

No matter where your business is located, there are strict regulations regarding the proper disposal of used cooking oil. To ensure our clients never face the consequences of incorrectly disposing their cooking oil, SeQuential offers a complimentary commercial cooking oil recycling program available across the West Coast. READ MORE


June 11th, 2019 |  Blog and Health risks of FOG

Environmental Risks of Fryer Oil >

We all have a responsibility to properly dispose of our used cooking oil. For food service establishments with fryers – who produce large amounts of used cooking oil – the responsibility is even greater. Here’s a look at the environmental risks from improper fryer oil disposal and how partnering with SeQuential can keep you in compliance. READ MORE


June 4th, 2019 |  Blog, Recycle Home Cooking Oil, and Used Oil Collection

While You’re at It: Your Empty Cooking Oil Bottles >

After our clients recycle their used cooking oil at one of our drop-off locations, one of the most commonly asked questions we receive is what to do with their empty cooking oil bottles. Recycling these containers is just as important as recycling your cooking oil, but you can’t just simply toss them into the recycling bin. You can safely recycle them by following SeQuential’s steps for cooking oil bottle recycling. READ MORE


May 23rd, 2019 |  Blog, Recycle Used Cooking Oil, and Used Oil Collection

Educating Your Employees about Cooking Oil Disposal >

As a restaurant owner, you’re well aware of the regulations surrounding the proper disposal of used cooking oil. But getting your employees to have the same understanding can sometimes be a challenge, especially in a fast-paced environment. Below are the best practices to share with your employees to help ensure your used cooking oil disposal goes smoothly and abides by the law. READ MORE


May 16th, 2019 |  Blog, Recycle Used Cooking Oil, and Restaurant Used Oil

Safe Handling of Fryer Grease >

Before you can recycle or properly dispose of your used fryer grease, you must first remove it from your fryers. With over a decade of experience in assisting restaurants and other establishments in oil collection, SeQuential understands how to ensure grease safety for your employees and customers. Read on to learn how to best handle used fryer grease prior to recycling. READ MORE


May 9th, 2019 |  Blog, Restaurant Used Oil, and Used Cooking Oil

Cooking Oil Collection Courtesies >

As a restaurant owner, you may be looking for better ways to properly dispose of your used cooking oil. Since your time is valuable, SeQuential offers cooking oil collection and recycling services that save you the hassle, so you can continue to fry away. We offer fee-free pickup services for businesses up and down the West Coast. To learn more, contact SeQuential today. READ MORE


May 2nd, 2019 |  Blog, Recycle Used Cooking Oil, and Used Oil Collection

Doing It Yourself: Driving Your Oil to Your Nearest Location >

Your favorite fried meal was a complete success, but now you’re faced with the task of properly disposing of the used cooking oil. Dumping oil down the drain can cause many costly problems and tossing it in the trash causes havoc on the environment. As someone who cares about the environment, you wouldn’t dare dump it down your drain READ MORE


April 25th, 2019 |  Biodiesel, Biodiesel Sustainability, and Blog

Problem Solver: A Closer Look at Biodiesel’s Advantages Over Petroleum >

Many people think of petroleum fuels as the only choice when it comes to fueling. It’s easy to see why, with many vehicles using this fuel and filling stations on every corner. Luckily since 2002, when SeQuential introduced the West Coast to high-quality biodiesel, it’s simpler than ever to choose an alternative to petroleum fuel. In fact, biodiesel offers a solution to a number of modern problems, from environmental harm to health risks and more. If you’re considering biodiesel for your personal vehicle or professional fleet, we’ll explain some of its top advantages over petroleum to help you make the switch. READ MORE