5 Benefits Of Restaurant Grease Recycling

Posted on: 22 October 2021

As a restaurant owner, you likely have to deal with a lot of grease waste from the fryers and grills. Recycling provides an alternative to disposal, and it comes with many benefits.

1. Reduce Plumbing Damages

Putting grease and cooking oil down the drain leads to clogged drains and overflowing grease traps. This means more calls to the plumber for cleaning and repair of your drain system. By using diverters to save the grease for recycling, there is no longer any grease going down the drain and damaging your plumbing system. This will save you on costly repairs, which can equal a major savings in the long run.

2. Make Some Cash

Some grease recycling services will pay you for your used cooking oil. This is because they turn it into biofuel, an alternative fuel that can be sold as a commodity. If grease collection is offered by your main garbage or recycling collection service, they may instead offer a discount on their other services in lieu of a direct payment for the grease. Regardless, you won't be spending as much on disposal. 

3. Help the Environment

The main way grease recycling helps the environment is via the production of biofuel, which is a more environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels like gasoline and oil. Grease can also taint the water supply and cause issues in water treatment plants, so keeping grease from entering the drinking water supply is also an eco-friendly choice. 

4. Meet Regulations

Most states and municipalities regulate grease disposal for restaurants, which means you likely already have a basic grease trap in place. Failure to properly maintain this trap can result in fines or even a temporary closure. Improperly serviced traps that release grease into the municipal sewer system can also lead to fines or closure. By working closely with a recycling service, they will ensure your grease trap is cleaned regularly and that no grease is lost since it has value to them. 

5. Lower Labor Needs

Manual grease disposal from fryers and other cooking appliances is messy and time consuming. As the restaurant owner, you must pay to both train the employees that handle this task, as well as cover the additional labor costs the time consuming task requires. Contracting with a grease recycling service will save you on these labor cost and free up your cooks so that they can actually spend time cooking and not cleaning up used grease and oil.

Contact a grease recycling service if you would like to learn more.