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Used cooking oil disposal is a concern for any business that prepares and serves food. Fast food restaurants, schools, stadium concession stands, and other establishments with a commercial kitchen produce lots of used oil every day. Local and state regulations prohibit businesses from dumping this oil down the drain and have strict requirements for disposal. One convenient way to get rid of used cooking oil is to schedule a pickup by Oregon Oils, Inc., so it can recycle it into biodiesel fuel.

Factors That Affect Used Cooking Oil Production

Understanding how much cooking oil your business produces helps you determine whether you need help with oil collection and disposal. Your inventory of fresh cooking oil provides a basic idea of how much oil your restaurant goes through each day, week, or month. The type of cooking you do affects how much you typically go through per day and how efficiently you use that oil. Restaurants and cafeterias that serve a lot of deep-fried foods end up with significantly more waste oil than places that primarily use oil as an ingredient that makes it from the kitchen to the plate.

Assessing Used Cooking Oil Production

To determine how much oil you are capturing relative to how much you use for cooking, compare the weight of the oil before and after use. Some of the difference is caused by oil in the dishes you serve to customers, but if the numbers seem far apart, you might have waste oil somewhere in the production stream that isn’t making it to your recycling collection point.

Oils that solidify might be getting scraped out of pots and tossed into the trash instead of placed in an appropriate receptacle. Cooks might be unknowingly leaving grease in pans when placing them in a sink area to be washed.

Check your equipment and cookware cleaning work flow to determine whether some of the loss is from oil dumped straight from the pan into the sink drain or trash. For a general comparison, fast food restaurants typically produce about 35 pounds of used cooking oil every day, and some produce as much as 250 pounds per week. 

Free Collection Of Used Oil

Because used cooking oil can be converted into biodiesel fuel, you can dispose of it at no cost. Oregon Oils, Inc., actually pays your company for the oil you collect. We provide a clean oil recycling bin for collection and sets up a schedule with your business to make regular pickups of used cooking oil. After collection, the oil is distilled and recycled, so it never enters the sewage system or waste stream. 

Grease Trap Servicing To Optimize Oil Recovery

Grease traps and grease interceptors help capture used cooking oil so it doesn’t enter the drainage system or regular waste stream. Oregon Oils, Inc., offers grease trap services to regularly clean and inspect your grease traps to ensure they remain in good working condition. For businesses that use higher volumes of cooking oil, a grease interceptor tank built into the ground offers reliable storage of used oil. Oregon Oils, Inc., can pump and haul cooking oil waste from a grease interceptor and remove it for recycling. We also handle all of the regulatory paperwork for your area, so you don’t need to generate your own pump-out and maintenance reports.

Contact Us To Get Started With Convenient Used Oil Recycling

If your food service business is located in Western Washington or Oregon, contact us at 503-233-0818 to learn more about how Oregon Oils, Inc., can help you dispose of used cooking oil properly.

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