Olympia, Washington Used Cooking Oil Disposal & Recycling

Olympia, Washington, is a city about 100 miles north of Portland, Oregon, and 45 miles southwest of Seattle. Olympia residents received bad news when the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center suspended the used cooking oil collection program. It happened … Continue reading

Grease Trap Cleaning for Commercial Kitchens: Tips for Efficient Waste Management

In the Portland area, grease traps and proper grease trap maintenance are a requirement. Any commercial kitchen must have one installed and cleaned regularly. Is that enough or are there other things you can do to manage your kitchen’s waste … Continue reading

The Importance of Responsible Deep Fryer Oil Disposal: Environmental Impact and Regulations

Almost 750,000 restaurants are found in the U.S., and approximately 103,300 of them are chains. In Oregon alone, there were 10,569 restaurants or food/beverage establishments in 2022.  The National Renderers Association reports that 4.4 billion pounds of used cooking oil, … Continue reading

The Role of Government Initiatives in Promoting Used Cooking Oil Recycling

Restaurants, hotels, and others in the food service industry go through gallons of cooking oil every week. Where does all of the used cooking oil go? Ideally, used cooking oil is recycled and turned into biofuel and glycerin, but not … Continue reading

Cooking Oil Recycling in Fast-Food Chains: Setting Industry Standards

More than 200,800 fast-food restaurants exist in the U.S., an increase of 0.8% from 2022. Oregon has over 11,550 of them, including 3,602 chain restaurants. If you stop and consider that the average fast-food restaurant generates 35 pounds of used … Continue reading

Waste to Wealth: The Value Chain of Used Cooking Oil Recycling

A value chain covers the steps it takes to create a finished product. Used cooking oil recycling has several steps to get from oil that’s used to cook foods to the finished biodiesel that powers a car, truck, plane, tractor, … Continue reading

Cleaner Air and Reduced Emissions: The Role of Cooking Oil in Biofuel

In 2022, 457 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions were caused by the use of diesel fuel. While this was superior to the 1.019 million metric tons released by gasoline, it’s still a lot of unnecessary carbon dioxide production. … Continue reading

Responsible Deep Fryer Disposal: Why It Matters for the Environment

Deep fryer oil is hazardous waste. You may not think of it as such, but it can clog sewers, harm aquatic animals and waterfowl, and even make it to groundwater or sewer systems if you pour it into a lawn. … Continue reading

The History of Biofuels: Used Cooking Oil as a Recyclable Energy Source

If every restaurant or food service company in the U.S. recycled their cooking oil, millions of gallons of biodiesel could be produced. According to the North American Renderers Association, over 4 billion pounds of used cooking oil is generated by … Continue reading

Environmental Stewardship At Scale – What Do Commercial Kitchens Do With Used Cooking Oil?

Here’s a shocking statistic. Three out of five workers’ comp claims in the restaurant industry are tied to cooking oil. While some of those claims are tied to burns from hot cooking oil, almost half of them are linked to … Continue reading