The Hidden Value in Cooking Oil Recycling

FOGUsed cooking oils from the restaurant or food industry are categorized as waste, and can be a serious problem, particularly for plumbing, as it does not disappear.

Even though you may have flushed it with hot water or soap, it will become a gel and change into solid residue in the form of thick layers inside drainpipes or sewage pipelines, so that it constraints water flow, which negatively affect a business’s plumbing system or the city sanitary line. It’s messy, smelly and expensive to clean up, if not properly disposed.

Especially for the restaurant or food industry with the high rate of cooking oil consumption, pouring the used cooking oil into the river or ocean will be a disaster, as it brings negative impact upon our environment. It is also illegal, and becomes a nightmare for a business if they are “caught” disposing of cooking oil in an unethical way.

Thus, regulations on the disposal systems, particularly on used cooking oil, have been made and must be complied by every restaurant. Based on the code regulation, it is a must for every restaurant to recycle their used cooking oil by having it collected by a licensed company. The restaurants which do not obey local and state regulations can be fined or penalized, even the closing of the kitchen if it becomes habitual.

At SLM, we only work with cooking oil recycling and disposal vendors who have state-of-the-art processing facilities as well as stringent quality controls.

We partner with companies throughout the United States and Canada, who are leaders in the conversion of animal by-products such as “waste” cooking oil into either value-added feed ingredients or conversion into bio-diesel, alternative fuels, and even hydraulic oils.

SLM’s emergency response time is less than four hours. Should a spill occur, we will be with our vendor and your facility until the problem is resolved. We also work closely with the appropriate local inspectors to obtain variances for our clients.

We provide our customers with a monthly report, showing dates of pick up, yield of the cooking oil, tonnage collected, along with a comparison to the Jacobsen Index for rebate capture.

[For the layman, the Jacobsen Index began in 1865 with an independent journalist, R. C. Jacobsen, who began reporting the daily activity of Chicago’s slaughter houses in regards to

pricing and other activities. Over time, it has become known as “The Jacobsen,” and is recognized around the world as the only unbiased source for animal by-product news.]

To better assist our clients and customers with their cooking oil recycling and disposal, SLM conducts regular audits of all our vendors in the field. We have found thousands of dollars in cost savings for our customers by auditing an independent contractor’s records against the trends and yields, as well as the Jacobsen Index.

For more information on how you can convert your waste cooking oil into R.O.I., call SLM at 888.847.4449.

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