How Used Cooking Oils & Meat Fats are Recycled
Whether you live in Southern California or the opposing east coast, there’s one thing that bridges the gap between people on the North American map — we’re talking about food. And specifically, fried foods. According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, 50 million Americans consume (fried) fast food per day. That’s a lot of crispy chicken ’wiches and fries!
Not only do we consume tons of fried foods, but we also waste a lot too. Unfortunately, we don’t always finish what’s on our plate (or in our hand while driving.) And much of our food waste ends up in the garbage. Stagnant, excess waste then starts a harmful process of decomposing and releasing harmful gas into our atmosphere. In order to prevent this toxic greenhouse pathogen from wrecking havoc, it’s important that we recycle and dispose of food — quickly. Which is where Grand Natural Inc. steps in.
Grand Natural Inc. is your solution to quickly and effectively collect expired cooking oil from restaurants, bakery shops, and other small businesses in Orange County and all across Southern California. Our services help provide an earth friendly solution to our prevalent waste problem. In order to effectively implement this system, there’s a few simple steps we follow to properly collect and transform the waste into sustainable material — follow along as we break it down below.
1) “Render” the Waste
Every day, restaurants, retail stores, and food markets, across the United States must dispose of cooking oil that is no longer usable. But instead of allowing the waste to pile up and takeover landfills, we’ve found a solution to this unruly waste problem. Our experts at Grand Natural Inc. implement a process called “rendering” which is just a fancy way of saying that we collect unusable materials and turn them into ingredients that are completely safe to use.
2) Transform the Waste
During the process of rendering, our goal is to take expired waste and transform it into something that can be used in a variety of different ways — whether it’s soap, solvents, biofuel or hand sanitizer. There’s many different ways that we can convert expired meats, fats, proteins and oils. Not only is this efficient for consumers, but it’s good for the environment. Like we stated earlier, if waste is left to rot in our trash cans or landfills, harmful greenhouse gases will be emitted into the air. By “rendering” waste, we can effectively prevent this toxic process from ever starting. In fact, according to the EPA, the process of rendering has reduced carbon emissions by nearly 12 million cars per year. That’s a lot of cars!
3) Recycle the Waste
After Grand Natural Inc. retrieves excess waste from local restaurants, butcher shops, and other businesses, we start the process of recycling. We use the cooking oil to produce safe products that consumers can use such as biofuel, and then other waste material such as meat scraps and bone are converted into household goods and even food for pets.
What is Biofuel? According to the dictionary, biofuel is simply “a fuel derived directly from living matter.”
More about Grease Collection
Grand Natural Inc. began with a mission to create a widespread network of reliable and respected restaurant cooking oil haulers around the United States. Since 2006, we’ve grown into the single largest network of grease collection renderers in the country.
If you’ve been interested in learning more about grease collection and sustainable solutions for your restaurant or business, give us a call at (855) 519) 5550. We can’t wait to hear from you!