Restaurants, food production companies, and commercial kitchens of all kinds depend on cooking oil. After use, however, that oil and the food prepared leave behind fat, oil, and grease (FOG) that are far less useful. In fact, these substances can be actively harmful, causing damage and costing you money. To a biodiesel producer like Oregon Oils, however, FOG can represent cleaner air, renewable resources, and a brighter environmental future with biodiesel created through our grease trap cleaning and cooking oil collection services.
What Is FOG?
Fat, oil, and grease are byproducts of food production and preparation. They are created when plant and animal sources are processed and when oil is used for frying, sautéing, and other cooking methods. These substances are categorized by their physical state at room temperature: fats remain solid, oils are liquid, and grease exists in a semisolid state. The breakdown of cooking fats, nut butters, meat, dairy, and more all contribute to FOG.
FOG also frequently contains shreds of meat, broken-off bits of breading, and other particles in addition to fat, oil, and grease. Beyond restaurants and manufacturers, any business that prepares food can be affected by FOG, from college cafeterias and healthcare facility kitchens to stadiums and event venues.
Why is FOG a Problem?
Unless properly disposed of, fat, oil, and grease all cause serious issues for commercial kitchens. Poorly managed FOG creates unpleasant odors, unhealthy food prep conditions, and slipping hazards for your workers. It also contributes to a host of other problems, including:
- Clogged pipes
- Plumbing damage
- Damage to municipal sewers
- Local waterway pollution
- Ground contamination
When businesses mishandle fat, oil, and grease, they may face more than just plumbing service and repair costs. Many localities issue large fines when a facility improperly disposes of their FOG waste. This is why many West Coast businesses turn to cooking oil recyclers, like Oregon Oils.
How We Help Businesses Manage Fat, Oil, and Grease
Oregon Oils has helped countless businesses safely dispose of their fat, oil, and grease with minimal hassle. When you work with us, your kitchen waste can have a positive impact on your community and the planet. We offer the following services for businesses in the Portland metro area and Southern Washington:
- Grease trap cleaning and maintenance: We’ll pump out and scrape down your grease trap, removing FOG, preventing odors, and protecting your plumbing.
- Used cooking oil collection: We provide a container – you fill it up. Our team will work with you to schedule regular pickups, and our trucks monitor how much oil is collected to make things easy.
After collecting FOG from your grease trap or collection bin, we transport it back to our facilities for conversion to biodiesel. This environmentally friendly fuel is a sustainable, clean-burning alternative to petroleum-based fuels. Not only can we help you avoid excess costs and facility damage, but you’ll feel good about protecting your community and the planet, too.
Learn More about Help for FOG
To learn more about our grease trap cleaning services and oil collection for your Portland-area or Southern WA business, contact Oregon Oils today. We’ll schedule a consultation to determine how much FOG you produce, enroll you in our services, and create a schedule that meets your needs. Have questions? Call 503-233-0818 to speak with a member of our team.