Used Cooking Oil FAQs

We’ve collected some of the questions we’re asked most often about the used cooking oil recycling industry and have answered them for you below.

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Used Cooking Oil Basics

Drain cooled cooking oil from your fryers into either an indoor tank or outdoor bin or barrel. Contract with a licensed used cooking oil recycling company such as D&W Alternative Energy to pick up your used cooking oil. They will pick up your used cooking oil and begin processing the used cooking oil to make cleaner burning renewable diesel fuel.

Environmental Benefits: Recycling used cooking oil prevents it from being disposed of in ways that can harm the environment. When poured down the drain or discarded improperly, it can clog sewers and harm aquatic life. Reduces Landfill Waste: By recycling cooking oil, we can reduce the amount of waste going to landfills, which helps decrease the burden on waste management systems. Renewable Energy Source: Used cooking oil can be converted into biodiesel, a renewable and cleaner alternative to traditional fossil fuels. Biodiesel produces lower emissions of harmful pollutants, helping to combat air pollution and climate change. Resource Conservation: Recycling used cooking oil conserves valuable resources. Instead of using new vegetable oils for biodiesel production, we can repurpose the already used oil, reducing the demand for new crops and preserving agricultural land. Economic Benefits: Recycling used cooking oil creates economic opportunities in the recycling and biodiesel industries, generating jobs and stimulating local economies. Public Health: Improper disposal of used cooking oil can attract pests and cause foul odors, negatively impacting public health. Recycling it properly ensures a cleaner and healthier environment. Community Engagement: Recycling used cooking oil provides an opportunity for communities to come together and participate in sustainable practices, fostering a sense of environmental responsibility.

No. Never pour used cooking oil down the drain . Pouring used cooking down the drain is probably the worst thing you can do with your used cooking oil. It can do serious damage to your pipes, your plumbing, your sewer system and public waterways. It is also against the EPA and health regulations in virtually every town or city in the United States. The costs for pouring fry oil down the drain can be high.

Yes, you can recycle all types of cooking oil including, soy, canola, olive, peanut, sunflower, safflower, lard and others. Our restaurant grease removal service handles all of these oils and more.

Used Grease in Commercial Kitchens

Restaurants should recycle cooking grease to help the environment, keep their restaurants and employees safe, keep their plumbing clean and operable and to comply with EPA regulations and local health codes. Here is how cooking oil recycling works at D&W.

Choosing a reliable and responsive cooking oil collection partner is very important. It is essential to find someone you trust, who is available 24/7 for emergencies, and can offer the automation and grease bins you need. You also want them to have liability insurance and be fully licensed with the state in which they operate. Here are the questions to ask a potential grease hauling partner.

Grease bins are important to a restaurant for employee safety, the look of the restaurant to customers and for preventing grease theft. Here is how to care for your grease bin.

There are numerous benefits to automating used cooking oil disposal which include: saving on plumbing bills, safety of employees, lower insurance premiums, prevention of grease theft, cleanliness of restaurant kitchens, a better restaurant product, and increased sales.

Cooking oil systems have come down in price. At D&W your cooking oil automation system may be free if you produce enough used cooking oil. The benefits can be extraordinary.

Hotels present unique and varied challenges to the recycling of used cooking oil. Here are six considerations for managing cooking oil in a hotel.

Casinos represent one of the most difficult layouts for effective management of used cooking oil. Here are 4 tools for a casino to manage used cooking oil.

Cooking Oil Tips for Restaurants

You can lower the cost of your restaurant’s cooking oil by choosing the best cooking oil for your restaurant and by extending the life of your cooking oil through implementing best practices and performing filtering and polishing of your oil.

Local used cooking oil collectors often provide superior service. They also recycle their profits into the local community which means jobs for local workers.

To get paid top dollar for used cooking oil you must provide reasonably clean used cooking to your used cooking oil recycling partner. Here are the ways to prevent contamination of used cooking oil.

The best cooking oil is the one that produces the best product at the lowest cost. This varies from restaurant to restaurant with the type of food, the temperature of the oil and the practices employed by the kitchen.

High cooking oil prices wrought havoc everywhere following the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. Here is one way to reduce the cost of cooking oil by 50%.

This is a frequently asked question for which there is not a single answer. But this blog piece can help you extend the life of your cooking oil.

Filtering your frying oil is an investment but one that can pay large dividends. Here is the how and why of filtering your frying oil.

Polishing of cooking oil is the removal or reduction of contaminants with chemical polishing agents. Polishing keeps cooking oil working longer.

Grease Theft

Because of the products used cooking oil can be recycled into (renewable diesel and biodiesel), used cooking oil has real value. Learn about the real costs of cooking oil theft.

D&W works closely with law enforcement to try to prevent grease theft. Our grease theft tracker helps follow grease trap thieves and bring them to justice. That saves money for us and our restaurant partners.

Legislation and law enforcement are needed to stop the epidemic of theft of used cooking oil.

Restaurants can help prevent used cooking oil theft in four ways: Install an indoor automated used cooking oil system Install a camera pointing at your outdoor oil collection bin Use a locked oil bin Report instances of used cooking oil theft Ask your used cooking oil pickup company to pickup your oil more often.

Grease Trap Maintenance

Local health departments and the EPA inspect grease traps to insure they are installed and functioning in full compliance with EPA and health department regulations. Here is how to prepare for a grease trap inspection. A failure can shut down your restaurant.

Grease trap regulations vary by city, municipality and sometimes, county. Grease trap regulations in New Jersey are voluminous and need to be taken seriously. Here is a primer on grease trap regulations in New Jersey.

Grease traps are essential restaurant equipment but they can smell in certain circumstances. Here is how to handle a smelly grease trap.

Grease traps become backed up and dangerous for a variety of reasons. Here is a common and surprising reason your grease trap may be backed up.

D&W provides regular grease trap cleaning, maintenance, and evacuation to ensure your equipment is running smoothly and your restaurant, franchise, factory, stadium, hospital or other facility stays clean and in compliance with all local and state regulations. Our technicians offer inexpensive professional service using top of the line vacuum equipment to maximize speed and efficiency and minimize any interruption to your business. D&W also performs repairs as needed. Check out our grease trap maintenance services here.

Floods can cause significant damage to a grease trap system. With climate change bringing more frequent and intense downpours to some communities, maintaining your grease trap after a flood is critical to your restaurant.