Why You Should Consider Recycling Cooking Oil

Nearly all restaurants use cooking oil in high quantities during the food preparation process. Determining what to do with the oil that remains after use can be a difficult task. However, if you own a restaurant, you may consider recycling. Doing so is highly beneficial both for the environment and your business. Today, numerous recycling programs are available, which willing restaurant owners can join. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider recycling your used cooking oil. 

Prevent Clogged Pipes

Disposing of your used cooking oil appropriately is critical to maintaining the proper flow of operations across your restaurant. Failure to do so can mess up your kitchen. Draining cooking oil down the kitchen sink will have adverse consequences to the plumbing system, such as causing corrosion on grease taps and cracking pipes. When cooking oil collects in pipes, it solidifies and expands, resulting in blockages whose repair can be costly.

Recycling used cooking oil is an excellent alternative to help prevent such problems. To save your plumbing system, you can leverage the oil collection services that recycling programs offer. Collaborate with professional oil collection companies to prevent the consequences of poor disposal of used oil. 

Adopting oil recycling processes protects your pipes and drainage system and protects the sewer lines within your municipality. Pouring old cooking old in sewer lines blocks the system and causes permanent damage to the sewer, overflowing on the streets. 

Reduces Repair Expenses

Recycling cooking oil prevents damages to your kitchen’s plumbing system. Disposing of your used oil through an oil collection and recycling firm alleviates expenses affiliated with fixing a cracked or clogged pipe.

Comply with Local Regulations

Draining old cooking oil down sewer pipes is illegal in some states. Failure to comply with proper cooking oil dumping regulations could result in fines or jail term. Collaborate with a reputable oil collection firm to comply with local laws and avoid massive fines. 

Recycling Old Cooking Oil Helps you Safeguard Your Reputation

Inadequate old cooking oil disposal procedures can spoil the reputation of your restaurant. Restaurants have been hugely affected after footage of employees discarding used oil in a drainage system went viral. Adhering to used oil laws helps you protect your restaurant’s reputation. 

Minimize Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide can cause significant damage to the ozone layer. The ozone layer plays a considerable role in protecting the earth from UV rays from the sun. Increasing world temperatures are a result of greenhouse gas radiation. When cooking oil is recycled, biodiesel fuel is produced. Biodiesel fuels help reduce pollution because they are clean. Using biodiesels helps reduce the release of carbon dioxide and cuts down greenhouse gas emissions from industries and vehicles. 

Recycling Old Cooking Oil is a Great way of Creating Employment

Large-scale recycling of cooking oil generates money that remains in the locality and helps create new employment opportunities. Some of these opportunities include accounting, technology, engineering, training, and marketing. What’s more, extra money creates an economic incentive for developing businesses within the area. 

Restaurant owners who recycle old cooking oil should comply with best practices. Consider organizing old cooking oil collection points and work with reliable, professional recycling companies. Consult the building control department and environmental health office in your locality to understand how proper disposal of old cooking oil works. 

When storing old cooking oil before collection, keep it far from the sewer pipes and cover them tightly to avoid accidental leaks or spills. Using airtight containers is ideal for controlling bug infestations and foul odor in the kitchen.

Generate Renewable Energy

Did you know you can transform old cooking oil into biodiesel? Biodiesel fuels are a renewable substitute for petroleum-based fuels. They are used to run machines and vehicles that use diesel engines. They can also be used in heating systems. A considerable percentage of biodiesel fuels in the US are generated from old cooking oil and soybean oil. 


Train your staff and help them understand the importance of adopting proper old cooking oil disposal procedures. They (employees) should avoid pouring old cooking oil down the kitchen sink drain. Incorporate procedures for correctly handling old cooking oil in the staff handbook. 

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