Oregon Oils provides innovative used cooking oil collection and disposal services while creating biodiesel fuel products and making the world a greener place. Many people have misconceptions about biodiesel fuel, however, so we’d like to debunk some common myths regarding its production and use for our customers in the Portland, OR, area.
Oil Collection Services Protect the Environment
One of the most environmentally conscious outcomes for the used fat, cooking oil, and other common byproducts from restaurants and businesses is for these waste products to be converted to new uses. It’s possible to simply deposit cooking oil into an approved deposit site, but the more sustainable option is to convert cooking oil into biodiesel fuel.
Oregon Oils believes the most eco-friendly approach to handling waste products is to synthesize them into useful products like biodiesel fuel rather than dumping them in a landfill. The worst possible outcome of cooking oil is that it overflows septic systems, causes environmental pollution, and makes those working in and near the areas ill, or smell strong odors.
Myths about Biodiesel Fuel
When some businesses hear that Oregon Oils pays restaurants for used oil and grease and then converts it to other uses, it may sound too good to be true. People also often dismiss biodiesel as a fuel source after falling for common myths about it. However, Oregon Oils has conducted considerable research into the benefits of biodiesel fuel (such as disclosed in our FAQ data) and found many of the negative responses reflect an incomplete assessment of the facts.
Here are some of the prevalent ideas about biodiesel fuel and why Oregon Oils maintains it is an excellent byproduct.
Myth: Cooking Oil Hurts Engine Performance
In the early days of biodiesel fuel, many enthusiasts poured unprocessed cooking oil into their engines when they found out that cooking oil and vegetable oil could be used as fuel. That raw product proved inefficient, however. Once the waste oil undergoes synthesis and treatment through our process, there is no reduced engine performance in comparison to early enthusiasts who put cooking oil directly into their engines. When fueling with standardized, commercial-grade biodiesel fuel, any performance difference is inconsequential, negligent, or nonexistent.
Myth: There Are No Standards for Biodiesel Production
Oregon Oils knows there are indeed standards for biodiesel production because nearly everything about the disposal of cooking oil is monitored by regulatory agencies. Our business involves helping local businesses dispose of their waste products in a way that meets industry standards for the disposal of cooking oil.
From there, the cooking oil that is potentially used in biodiesel fuel sources is subject to strict regulation by the U.S. Department of Energy and must follow their standards for biodiesel fuel. Our company adheres to the local standards of biofuel regulation and would not participate in an industry that ignored larger, national programs.
Myth: The Synthesis of Biodiesel Fuel is Detrimental to the Environment
Oregon Oils is a leading pioneer in the field of converting cooking oil into biodiesel fuel and understands the detrimental impact of letting cooking oil pollute the local sewage system, overflow a business, and hamper the natural environment when fatty compounds aren’t properly filtered from wastewater systems. The opposite of creating biodiesel fuel equates to letting unfiltered, malodorous, and dangerous compounds degrade into sewage systems that are unprepared to handle these compounds. Creating biodiesel fuel prevents this, so it is beneficial to the environment, local drinking water, and local wastewater systems.
Recycle Your Restaurant Oil with Oregon Oils
Oregon Oils is responsible for helping local businesses maintain and meet the health codes for their grease trap interceptors and plumbing systems that manage cooking oil byproducts. We use a variety of cleaning services and choose to have the byproducts contribute to the creation of biodiesel fuel. If you are a Portland or southern Washington state business considering the benefits of biodiesel fuel, then contact us today to hear more about how this green fuel source helps the planet.