After you have reused your oil a couple of times, it gets to a point where you can no longer use the oil to fry anything. Usually, by thpoint, the oil is either dark brown or near black and not fit for human consumption.
Instead of just finding the fastest way to dispose of the oil, you can choose to boost your facility’s green credibility and make some money at the same time by recycling.
What is the importance of recycling?
Recycling will ensure you keep the environment safe because you will keep the used cooking oil out of the sewers or the landfills. Also, recycling allows the oil to be turned into renewable energy in the form of biodiesel.
Finally, while recycling of used cooking oil is not a booming industry yet, recycling will earn you some money. As of 2018, industry rates for a gallon of used cooking oil were $1 per gallon. For an enterprise that produces hundreds or maybe thousands of gallons per set time, the profit is tidy enough.
That said, note that for you to recycle your cooking oil, you need to partner with oil recycling companies like MBP Solution. The company, usually one involved in producing biodiesel, will collect the used oil from you and pay the agreed amount. To ensure your oil is fit or can be used by an oil recycling company, here are some tips.
1. Determine how big your oil container should be
The size of your oil container is important because it determines how often the company will pick up the oil. If you use small containers and yet you produce a lot of oil, then it means the company has to make more trips.
That frequency will affect the cost. Therefore, take some time to determine how much you produce per set time, for example, in a week, check your storage to determine how many containers it can fit and then finally, purchase the right-sized container after taking all those things into account.
2. Deal with harsh weather conditions
Industry norms dictate that the oil must be flowable when the recycling company picks it up. Therefore, note that if you live in areas where temperatures are low, and oil tends to solidify, you will need to find a way to keep the oil flowable.
Also, if you live in a place that experiences winter, you have to find a solution that will keep the oil solid during winter. There are two ways of doing this. One, you will have to heat the containers anytime the temperatures are low.
Alternatively, you can request a specific kind of container from the oil recycling company. These containers have an in-built heating element that will prevent the oil from solidifying. However, note that not all companies have these containers.
3. Always aim for clean oil
Industry standards dictate that the cleaner your oil the greater your compensation. Therefore, instead of just pouring the oil directly into the storage container, you can filter it out to remove deposits such as accumulated food waste.
Also, be careful to avoid contaminating the oil because that makes it unusable. Sometimes, people put the grease trap waste in the oil simply because the container says ‘grease.’
Grease trap is raw sewage, and if it comes into contact with the used oil, then it contaminates the whole container rendering the oil unusable.
4. When choosing an oil recycling company, check to see if they offer other services
Often, a company will offer other services in a bid to keep costs down. Some of the extra services a company might offer include installation and maintenance of grease traps, kitchen equipment, drains, and exhaust hoods.
These services are of great benefit because they ensure you do not have to pay someone else to do them. If you have more than one option when choosing an oil recycling company, then go for the one that offers extra services.