Why Are Restaurants Teaming Up with Biodiesel Producers?

April 11th, 2022 |  Categories Blog
SeQuential fuel trucks outside restaurant in Tualatin, Oregon

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.

What Is Biodiesel Fuel?

Biodiesel is a clean-burning alternative fuel derived from recycled cooking oil, vegetable oils, or animal fats. At SeQuential, we collect used cooking oil from partners like restaurants, hotels, stadiums, and cafeterias throughout the West Coast. That oil is then processed to create low-carbon biodiesel at our production facilities in Oregon and California for usage in commercial and private vehicles. The benefits of biodiesel production include:

  • Lower emissions: Biodiesel has a significantly lower carbon footprint than traditional petroleum diesel, helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.
  • Sustainability: Biofuel production repurposes used cooking oil, keeping it from the waste stream. Plus, it’s biodegradable, so any accidental spills cause far less environmental damage than other fuel types.
  • Safe for engines: Most engines that run on petroleum diesel can accept biodiesel. Plus, the Alternative Fuels Data Center reports that biodiesel improves fuel lubricity better than traditional diesel, reducing the friction that can cause engine parts to wear out prematurely.
  • Support for the local economy: By sourcing used cooking oil from West Coast food service establishments and keeping our operations local, we’re supporting economic development in communities across Oregon, California, and Washington.

Used Cooking Oil Collection Process

Grease recycling is simple and convenient when you partner with SeQuential. Our account managers meet with each client individually to learn about their operations, the amount of used oil they typically produce, and the best collection schedule. There’s no charge for our pickup service, and we’ll even provide you with a free collection container. Our team carefully logs each pickup, so you’ll know exactly how much oil you’ve contributed.

We partner with commercial kitchen operators, including:

  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Hotels
  • Universities and colleges
  • Stadiums and other entertainment venues

We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and can stay in touch with your staff by phone, text, or email.

Partnership Benefits

More and more, food service establishments are realizing the benefits of partnering with biofuel producers. In March 2022, Chick-fil-A announced a plan to convert its used cooking oil into renewable biofuel. McDonald’s aims to have net-zero emissions across the United Kingdom and Ireland, including converting used cooking oil into biodiesel to power its delivery trucks.

When you partner with a fuel producer like SeQuential, you’ll not only benefit from a free recycling service but also know you’re taking steps to lower the carbon footprint of your business. That helps raise your profile among environmentally conscious consumers while keeping you in compliance with state and local health regulations. Improper disposal of fats, oil, and grease (FOG) can lead to:

  • Health and safety hazards for your staff and customers
  • Damage to your plumbing system that requires costly repairs
  • Citations and fines from your local health department

Using our collection service helps your bottom line and frees up your staff to focus on other tasks. Plus, as a member of the Preferred Pumper Program, we provide the highest level of service while helping our customers comply with local ordinances and prevent sewer backups.

In addition to cooking oil collection, SeQuential offers grease trap services to keep your kitchen’s interior, and exterior grease traps clean and in proper working order. Regular maintenance keeps FOG out of your wastewater system and helps you avoid the expensive repairs that come with pipe blockages.

Reach Out to a SeQuential Account Manager Today

The team at SeQuential makes it easy for you to be a good environmental steward. We serve businesses in and around the metro areas of Portland and Eugene, Oregon, as well as Los Angeles, California.

Since 2008, we’ve been committed to helping businesses save money, protect the environment, and support renewable energy with our used cooking oil collection and grease trap maintenance services. To learn more, contact us today.