How to Care for the Grease Bin
Restaurateurs have a lot to think about, and how to care for the grease bin is never top of mind.
But, if your grease bin sits out back or on the side of your restaurant, a great many customers will see it as they enter your restaurant. You wouldn’t want them to see a dirty, gross grease bin.
Can you imagine them thinking “if it looks like this outside, I wonder what it looks like inside…?” Here is how to care for the grease bin.
Make your grease bin accessible
Make sure your grease bin is accessible. Place it not far from the kitchen and be sure there is a clear and easy path from kitchen to bin. Hauling cooking oil over a distance full of obstructions will insure oil ends up on the sidewalk, the parking lot or the grass. Worse yet, an employee may end up slipping or falling in the same spot.
Pouring the used cooking oil in
Lift the lid, ensure there is room to pour—and pour carefully—through the grate. Make sure you are pouring only used cooking oil and not waste water or foodstuffs. Pouring things other than cooking oil will contaminate your oil, cost your UCO collector money and possibly prevent you from getting a rebate.
After you pour the oil, wipe down the lid, the grate and the side of the bin. Oil can harden on the grate and block the next pour and cause spills. Oil running down the side of the bin will make for slips and falls on future trips.
Closing the lid of your grease bin
While it might sound obvious, don’t forget to close the lid. Leaving it open allows rainwater and other contaminants in, which might prevent cost-effective recycling of the oil into biodiesel fuel.
Dealing with spills
Invariably spills will occur, both in the kitchen and outside. Keep a bag of kitty litter onhand to soak up the spill immediately after it occurs. Leaving oil on the floor or sidewalk is a prescription for disaster and possibly a lawsuit. Slips, burns and falls cost restaurants $12B each year.
Switch to an indoor tank?
The best solution, if you have the space, is to switch to an indoor tank and eliminate the trips to the bin and the inherent risks. With a direct connect system, or a wand or a caddy to transfer oil your employees never have to handle hot oil again. The safest and easiest solution is here.