How Cleaning Your Grease Trap Can Help Save The Environment And Make You Money

Posted on: 12 July 2018

If you have ever worked in a restaurant kitchen, chances are you have had the most unpleasant experience of cleaning the grease trap. The overpowering putrid smell of rancid grease is an odor no one ever forgets and trying not to lose your lunch while you clean it is no small task. In the past, small restaurant owners were often reluctant to hire a professional grease trap cleaning service due to the expense.

Additionally, the hierarchy in a professional kitchen brigade is such that there is almost a hazing of sorts that goes on; the low man on the totem pole gets the grease trap cleaning job. If the new dishwasher can handle the task, his estimation is elevated by the others, and he moves one step closer to his first promotion away from scrubbing pots and pans.

Nowadays, a restaurant owner is more likely to be willing to have a professional grease trap service come in as they may be able to earn money by selling their used cooking oil to companies who then turn it into biodiesel, a renewable, organic fuel. Many restaurant owners earn enough cash back to completely cover the cost of having their grease trap cleaned, which makes the decision a financially easy one. Here's what you need to know about how selling your waste oil can benefit both you and the environment.

How Does It Work?

A company that specializes in this service will provide you a tank that can be used to discard your waste oil from the deep-fat fryer. In addition to cleaning your grease trap, the service will also periodically empty your waste oil tank. Then, they will either cut you a check or subtract your profit from the cost of other services the company provides, such as cleaning your grease trap.

How Is Waste Vegetable Oil Turned Into Fuel?

When the waste is first pumped from your trap, it contains grease, food particles, and a lot of water. Through a filtration process, the grease is separated from the water and food particles. The filtered oil then goes through another process that removes other substances, such as glycerin.

How Much Fuel Can Be Made?

For every 100 pounds of sanitized oil, 100 pounds of biodiesel is made.

What Is Biodiesel Used For?

Biodiesel is used to power diesel engines. Farmers are one of the largest customers, using it to fuel their tractors and other farm equipment. It is clean burning, which makes it an environmentally-friendly choice. Biodiesel may also be turned into methane gas that can then be used to create power.