How Used Cooking Oil Collection Benefits Your Carbon Footprint

December 19th, 2019 |  Blog and Used Cooking Oil
Chef Using Cooking Oil

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!