At Oregon Oils, Inc., we are accustomed to answering a lot of questions. Many people never think about the large amounts of cooking oil used by restaurants, but recycling that oil is a great way for companies to save money and help the environment. Portland, OR is a renowned city for having cleaner energy and greener minds, and we help business keep that mindset. The following is a list of frequently asked questions about our used cooking oil and grease trap recycling services.
Recycling Used Cooking Oil FAQs from Oregon Oils, Inc.
Please call our office at 503-233-0818, and we will be happy to set up your establishment with a proper maintenance schedule. We also offer sales appointments and walkthroughs upon request.
Our used cooking oil collection service is FREE. We will pay you for your used cooking oil based on the amount of used oil your establishment produces. You will receive a clean oil receptacle that will accommodate your waste oil output. Your establishment will be added to a collection route with a pickup frequency based on the size of your oil receptacle.
In addition to cooking oil from fryers, we also recycle other types of cooking oils, greases, and fats. (Example: bacon grease, beef tallow, peanut oil, and sunflower seed oil). We DO NOT accept motor or appliance oils.
FOG is an acronym for fats, oils, and grease. Your grease trap collects FOG, as well as food solids, so it can’t enter city sewer lines. It is important that you have your grease trap cleaned regularly to comply with city regulations and avoid plumbing issues, which can cause hundreds of dollars in fines or repairs. Call our office to set up grease trap cleaning services.
A grease trap is located indoors under your sink or outside in the ground. It is plumbed into your restaurant and collects FOG so it does not exit into city sewer lines. We provide you with an oil container to dump the used cooking oil from your fryers.
We try to keep all of our customers’ oil containers as clean as possible, and we switch out lids and containers as we see fit. If a container becomes too dirty, you can call our office and request a replacement. We will exchange the lid or the whole container as soon as possible.
Call our office and we will update your frequency in our system. Our software program will alert us to schedule a cleaning each time your grease trap or grease interceptor is due for service. Oregon Oils, Inc. is a proud member of the Preferred Pumper Program. We will keep track of your grease trap frequency and send the proper pump-out reports to the city inspectors so that your establishment remains in compliance with FOG regulations.
Pumpers registered with the Preferred Pumper Program certify that they will follow pump-out criteria. Commercial FOG-generators in the region are encouraged to use a preferred pumper. Owners of grease traps or interceptors using a registered preferred pumper know that the system’s pump-outs should be completed correctly in accordance with industry standards. When FOG-generators use a registered preferred pumper, the pumper assumes responsibility for submitting completed pump-out reports. Regulatory inspections will focus on pumpers’ performance in maintaining traps and interceptors.
Call our office and we will make sure the size of the container is still suitable for your cooking oil output. We can bring you a larger or additional container if needed. You can put down kitty litter or sawdust to absorb the oil then sweep it up. Do not try to rinse it away with water. It could make the situation worse. Also, meet with your staff to instruct them not to pour oil in the container if it is almost full. You can always call for a pick-up.
Call our office and we will send a technician to evaluate the cause of the overflow and perform a pump out if necessary. Overflows usually occur due to clogged ingoing or outgoing pipes. Your pump-out frequency may need to be increased based on your FOG levels. Here are some tips to help eliminate FOG accumulation and other grease trap problems:
- Set up a regular cleaning frequency with Oregon Oils, Inc. We are members of the Preferred Pumper Program (PPP). This means we are certified by the city to clean and maintain grease traps and interceptors while preventing future problems.
- Clean your dishes thoroughly, and don’t sweep food down your drains. The less food that goes down your drain, the longer it will take your grease trap to fill up, which will help save you money.
- Keep all non-food material from going down your drains. This material will cause your grease trap to back up or even overflow. Such materials include but are not limited to eating utensils, rubber gloves, glass, straws, and other types of kitchen and restaurant debris.
A grease trap is naturally smelly, and the smell can seep through the lid of your trap or exit through your sink drains. You may need a new gasket, which we can replace or install for a small fee. Also, an increase in collection frequency can eliminate smell due to FOG build up. When possible, avoid putting milk products down your sink.
Contact Us Today
Here at Oregon Oils, Inc. we are proud to be the region’s trusted oil recycling company. We believe in keeping Portland clean and safe for everyone when it comes to liquid energy. To find out how we can help your business recycle used cooking oil, give us a call.