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

November 14th, 2021 |  Categories Blog
French Fries Cooking In Hot Oil

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.

Risking Improper Disposal and Its Consequences

During cooking, many fats, oils, and greases (FOG) result from vegetable, plant, and animal sources. FOG appears in two forms:

  • Yellow grease, which is produced by deep-frying
  • Brown grease, which contains FOG materials that are collected in grease traps or waste traps

Some people incorrectly think they can dump used oil down the drain or throw it in the trash. The truth is that when used cooking oil isn’t recycled correctly, it can have significant environmental repercussions and even get you in trouble with the law. This oil hardens in grease traps, pipes, and drainage systems and can have damaging effects, which include:

  • Sewer clogs and blockages from solidified FOG within pipes
  • Negative impacts on the wellbeing of area wildlife and their habitats
  • Overflow of unsanitary bacteria and wastewater into water lines, soils, and buildings
  • Fire hazard threatening your property and possessions
  • Harmful fumes from FOG that negatively affect the health of you, your employees, and your customers
  • Large fines to pay for noncompliance
  • Expensive repairs to sewer lines and plumbing caused by solidified grease in the pipes

Luckily, SeQuential offers used cooking oil recycling services to prevent these harmful effects and turn the oil into a cleaner energy alternative. We also provide grease trap cleaning services so your equipment continues to work smoothly and safely.

Limiting Local Access to Eco-Friendly Biodiesel

SeQuential is the longest-running commercial biodiesel producer on the West Coast, and since 2008, we have been collecting and recycling used cooking oil to turn it into an eco-friendly fuel option. Our biodiesel is a clean, non-toxic energy alternative to petroleum diesel that has a significantly lower carbon footprint and is biodegradable.

We are proud to provide a convenient and cost-free solution for recycling cooking oil, and our process is simple. Collect your used oil in the container we provide, and we will determine a collection schedule that is suitable for your business’ FOG output. If you are a home chef, simply collect your cooled oil into its original container and drop it off at one of our designated drop-off locations.

Sign Up for Oil Recycling Today

Available for businesses and home chefs across the West Coast, our free cooking oil recycling creates a cleaner energy alternative called biodiesel to reduce these damaging effects and improve the environment. Contact us today so you can start recycling cooking oil easily and conveniently while making a positive impact on the environment.