Cooking Oil Recycling – Info For Cafes And Restaurants
At Waster – we receive many queries from customers and potential customers. In a series of shorter blogs – we will be publishing the information that we provide to them when they call or email us. In today’s blog we will be talking about an easy solution for cooking oil recycling – that should be considered by any cafe, restaurant or food production business in Australia.
Check out another informative blog we have recently published on whether you can effectively recycle soft plastics – such as plastic wrap in your business.
A bit about Waster
Waster works with thousands of small and medium Aussie companies such as cafes and restaurants – to provide low cost waste and recycling services.
Cooking oil recycling for restaurants – there may be a free service available!
Many business owners call or email us asking what to do with their used cooking oil and if there is a service available.
Obviously – depending on the type of the food served – there may be lots of cooking oil used.
Did you know that used cooking oil can be a valuable resource – and so – in many instances there may be a free collection services available for your business.
Why you should never pour cooking oil down the drains!
Used cooking oils and fats and greases generally will clog up and block your plumbing. When the oil and fat solidifies – it will create blockages and potentially a serious issue in your plumbing.
See our blogs on grease trap issues and emergencies here for more detail in this regard.
Used cooking oil can be converted into biofuel.
As per the website businessrecycling.com.au – “Instead, used cooking oil can be effectively recycled into a number of secondary products including bio-diesel. Bio-diesel is a clean burning fuel alternative to petroleum diesel and helps reduce reliance on petroleum products and reduce emissions from the transport sector.”
“Used oil is collected from on-site storage bins and delivered to a processing facility. The oil is filtered into large storage tanks which are heated and treated for subsequent conversion in to a range of other products including biofuel, animal feed products, detergents and soap, paints and industrial lubricants.”
According to the website 1millionwomen.com.au – it is even possible to convert the oil to biofuel at home!
So – how can you arrange a service for used cooking oil recycling?
There are a number of companies in Australia that provide services for collection of used cooking oil.
Probably the leading company in the market is Auscol – see the website here.
Depending on the volume of oil you produce – they can offer collection services – often free of charge.
The company you select will deliver a container – appropriate for the size of your business – and will swap it over on a regular basis.
It is always nice to get something for free! – Especially in the ever more expensive world of Australian waste management.
It is nice to get a service free – and of course it is always important to keep you business costs low.
Ensure – oils and grease do not go down the sink or drains – to prevent a grease trap issue – and utilise a reputable company such as Auscol for your used cooking oil recycling.