As the air grows cooler and the long days of summer grow shorter and shorter, a whole new season of comfort food swings into action. Football and hockey games, end of season baseball and the rugby world cup will drive fans to bars and grills across the country. Late night college crowds will begin to stumble into after-hours cafes and restaurants, while couples and families look for warm comfort on a plate.

Sounds like it's time to start up the fryer.

And with that fryer going full tilt, the accumulation of used oil in your kitchen will continue to grow. So what do you do with it?

Dumping the oil down the drain is harmful to the environment and is extremely harmful to your plumbing. Re-using the oil for frying is hazardous to your customer's health.

Serve your community as a good steward of the environment and save on repairs.
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Recycle the oil for biodiesel.

"Yellow grease" is a valuable commodity that is often collected for free, and in some areas collectors may actually pay you for it.

 Recycling your used cooking oil will also provide an opportunity for positive communication with your customers.
Ideally, look for a recycling company that can provide the following:
  • Free pick up
  • Free collection bins
  • Brown grease collection
Ask around your community of commercial kitchens to see if anyone recommends a used cooking oil collection service. Some communities may not have a biodiesel collection service nearby, but may be able to work out a recycling plan with their local household hazardous waste center.

How have the chefs of Cheftalk handled their used cooking oil? Have you tried recycling for biodiesel? How has it worked for you?