Your business is probably using lots of cooking oil each year. But have you ever thought of establishing oil collection in your business?
In fact, there are various types of oils you might be using to prepare meals depending on your purpose or cooking style. For example, oils such as canola, soybean, peanut oil, duck fat, and lard can withstand high temperatures and are great for deep frying.
For sautéing, you would use oils that can survive under moderate heat such as olive oil, coconut oil, canola oil, and grape seed oil. Additionally, there are oils you use in lower temperatures for dressings, sauces, and marinades, such as walnut, flax seed, truffle oil, and extra virgin olive oil. Where do you take all this oil after use? Oil recycling can be an effective way to dispose of used oil. Oregon Oils provides oil recycling services for restaurants and other businesses across Portland, Oregon Metro area, and Southern Washington.
Why Establish Oil Collection for Your Business?
There are many benefits of collecting and recycling your used oil. First, your business promotes a cleaner environment and clean water. You’ve probably heard of the “you dump it you drink it campaign” because that’s exactly where improperly dumped oil ends up — in water sources.
Secondly, recycling oil creates jobs for people in the recycling business.
Thirdly, recycling cooking oil into fuel like biodiesel also reduces the cost of producing new fuels which could bring down the overall prices of fuel.
The fourth benefit of oil collection and recycling is that it improves your business’s image. In today’s world, customers and employees prefer companies that are environmentally friendly. Many people are now looking into your business’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) goals.
Collecting and Recycling Used Cooking Oil
You should first have proper collection systems to avoid grease dumping, which simply means pouring cooking oil down a drain.
After you’re done cooking, you should leave the oil to solidify. After the grease has cooled, place it in a resealable container or plastic bag before disposal. Be careful where you place your bin to prevent thieves from accessing it. Maybe even put a lock on it.
Employing Waste Oil Pickup and Recycling Services
Once you have filled your bins to the minimum required level for disposal, say 80%, you can employ the services of a company that specializes in the disposal and recycling of cooking oil to pick the used oil from your premises.
There are several things you should consider when you are choosing an oil recycling company for your business. These include certification, experience and expertise, reviews, and what the company does with the oil. Go for companies like Oregon Oils that use the oil for environmentally-friendly purposes. These include producing renewable fuels such as biodiesel (a replacement for most diesel engines known to reduce pollution) and renewable aviation fuel (RAF).
Oil Collection Containers
A grease collection company should also supply you with a collection bin that matches the size of your establishment and set up a regular pickup schedule.
At times, your bins may fill up faster than you expect. You need a reliable company that can show up for you on call to empty your bins. Choose a company that has a reputation for timely and professional communication. This way, you’re not left frustrated in those desperate moments.
You may sometimes find that your oil collection container has leaked. You need to have a company that can quickly solve the problem, either by delivering a larger or additional container.
Used Cooking Oil Processing and Recycling into Biodiesel
The next process after the grease collecting company picks up your used cooking oil is processing. The company treats the oil to remove impurities. Most companies convert used cooking oil into biodiesel. Other companies will also turn it into animal products, and household products such as lotions, cleansers, paints, solvents, or other products like tires or plastics.
Biodiesel helps your business in many ways. The fuel is less combustible than diesel, which makes it safer during accidents. Biodiesel also wears out your engines less.
Free and Private Recycling Services in Oregon and Western Washington
Establishing an oil collection in your business will help you dispose of your cooking oil in the right way every time, preventing oil pollution. Look into a company’s certifications, experience, reviews, reliability, and environmental friendliness when you are considering a grease collection company to partner with.
At Oregon Oils, we provide you with free cooking oil collection and recycling services. We also pay you for your used cooking oil depending on how much cooking oil your establishment yields per day. Our technical team is on standby to solve any issues you may encounter with your collection containers. We use the oil to manufacture environmentally-friendly biodiesel, so your business becomes part of the environment-conservation movement.
We serve clients throughout Oregon and the Western Washington areas. Contact Oregon Oils today for any queries or to sign up for our used cooking oil collection and recycling services.