Recycled grease is a valuable commodity, and keeping used grease out of your building's plumbing system can prevent costly damage caused by blockages. Used grease that's incorrectly disposed of can also cause damage to sewer systems by building up into large mounds that can expand and cause structural damage. You can have your used grease collected by a grease haulage company who use vacuum trucks to collect stored grease, which makes collection quick and mess-free.

Storing Your Used Grease

There are a few options for storing your used grease, and the right option for you will depend on the amount of grease you use and the space you have available. Grease can be stored in metal vats, barrels, or large outdoor bins. If you use a significant amount of grease each day, you may want to use an automated grease trap that collects grease directly from large fryers and funnels it into external storage bins ready for collection.

Grease Recycling Process

Once your grease has been collected, it is transported to a recycling plant and heated before being put through filters to remove debris. The solution is then put through a centrifuge to extract unnecessary water content. Fine solids are then skimmed off the top and this leaves a refined oil that is ready to be reused or further refined to create new products.   

How Recycled Grease Is Used

Once grease has gone through the recycling process, it is typically transported on to other industries for use in a variety of products. It is often used for biodiesel, which can be used in diesel engines and has the advantages of being biodegradable and less polluting to the air than petroleum diesel. Biodiesel is often less expensive than petroleum diesel, so it's become an attractive option with diesel consumers, and no changes have to be made to a diesel engine before switching to biodiesel.

The end product of grease recycling can also be used in animal feed to add fat and calories, and it's often used in cosmetics to give certain products, such as lipstick and foundation, a soft texture and make them easier to apply evenly to the skin. Recycled grease is also a cost-effective fat to use when producing soap and candles and acts as an emulsifier to create a smooth appearance and texture.

If you'd like to arrange for your grease to be collected, contact your local grease haulage company to discuss their collection process and determine the best way for you to store your grease until you reach their minimum collection amount.

To learn more information about grease recycling, reach out to a professional near you.