Why It Is Important to Recycle Used Cooking Grease and Oil

September 10th, 2020 |  Blog
Cooking oil in frying pan

Whether you’re an at-home chef or the owner of a restaurant, frying up a delicious dish always means you’ll have to deal with the leftover oil and grease after the meal is served. Many people understand the importance of proper disposal. Illegally pouring used cooking oil or grease down the drain can lead to unpleasant odors, clogged plumbing, and costly fines and repairs, among other consequences. But why it is important to recycle cooking grease and oil instead? SeQuential explains.

Ensuring Proper Disposal

When companies or chefs don’t recycle their used cooking oil and grease, there’s a higher risk of improper disposal. For instance, pouring oil down the drain causes fats, oils, and greases (FOG) to coagulate in plumbing and cause harmful backwashes, which then pollute nearby waterways and ecosystems. Absorbing the excess cooking oil and grease with a paper towel might be a viable avenue for home chefs, but commercial kitchens require collection containers and grease traps for proper disposal.

By trusting a company like SeQuential to recycle your used cooking oil and grease trap maintenance, you can mitigate the risks of improper disposal by allowing us to handle the entire process for you. If you’re a home chef, you can store your used cooking oil in a tightly sealed container and deposit it at one of our many drop-off locations across the West Coast. For commercial kitchens, on the other hand, here’s how our oil collection process works:

  • First, we’ll schedule a free consultation with one of our friendly account managers, who will discuss your company’s oil and grease output and set up a collection schedule that makes the most sense for your needs.
  • We’ll provide a complimentary cooking oil collection container with a lock, which you can use for storage until your collection date.
  • At the designated date and time, SeQuential’s professionals will empty your container into our trucks and transport it to one of our refining facilities.

Contributing to Biodiesel Production

By recycling your used cooking oil and grease with SeQuential instead of discarding it, you’ll also contribute valuable feedstock to the production of our eco-friendly, clean-burning biodiesel. Made from the used cooking oil we collect, our biodiesel is compatible with any cars, trucks, farm equipment, generators, oil furnaces, and more that run on standard diesel. Our fuel delivers a host of benefits, some of which include:

Reduced Emissions

Petroleum diesel releases greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to climate change. Biodiesel, however, burns cleanly with a carbon footprint that’s up to 85% smaller than petroleum diesel.

Increased Sustainability

Because petroleum diesel is made from fossil fuels, it’s only a matter of time before those precious resources are completely depleted. Luckily, SeQuential biodiesel is a renewable and completely sustainable alternative to standard diesel that will continue to be available for years to come.

Support for the Local Economy

Our biodiesel originates from used cooking oil from home chefs, restaurants, and businesses on the West Coast, including major cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle. Not only are we helping people and companies avoid costly repairs and fines from improper disposal, but we’re also supporting the local economy by keeping biodiesel dollars in the communities we serve.

To learn more about why it’s important to recycle cooking grease and oil, contact SeQuential today.