Across the world, cooks and chefs use tons of cooking oil. Also, oils are used in a multitude of products, such as dressings, pasta, pastries, fryers, and for many other reasons. Eventually, these oils are being disposed of and over time, this adds up to a lot of waste in our world and in our environment.
While many people used to save their lard and vegetable oils to re-use in their cooking at their homes for decades, restaurants and the food industry, in general, go through thousands of tons of cooking oil on a daily basis. As the world moves towards more innovative and sustainable practices as climate change bears down upon us, it is more important than ever to recycle and this includes there cycling of cooking oil.
Not only is the dumping of cooking oils bad for the drainage systems of restaurants and homes, but it is also wasteful and is money down the drain, literally. It is better to recycle the cooking oils which can be converted to biodiesel fuel.
Biodiesel is a renewable energy source that can replace petroleum-based diesel fuel. It is a type of fuel that can be used as a fuel source for heating homes and buildings and for powering cars, trucks, SUVs, and more. Biodiesel fuel is much better for the environment since it reduces carbon dioxide and green house emissions. Also, the United States will not have to rely as heavily on other countries to provide oil to the country.
By recycling cooking oil instead of simply dumping it, restaurant owners will save about $35 per collection of the oil that was to be destroyed and will not have to incur the costs of storing the cooking oil, managing it, or paying the employees to do it. Restaurant owners can actually make money from their recycled cooking oil rather than spending money so it is a win-win situation.