The Impact of Cooking Oil on the Environment – What Can You Do to Help?
Small Changes Can Have a Big Impact
More and more we hear the phrase ‘farm-to-table’ but how much do we really comprehend what that means, costs, and can do to the environment?
The impact of just one restaurant or other food service manager’s decision making can largely affect a long line of players along the way . . . from farm to your diner’s table. And thinking about the consequences of choices made in the kitchen, can be the difference in whether you are a truly sustainable business, literally and figuratively.
Making the Case for Recycling
Is your kitchen hip to the latest trend in eco-friendly processing by turning over its used cooking oil to be refined into different types of biofuels? If not, there really is no reason not to get on board, the benefits to your business and the environment are multitude.
The biofuels that can be made from your old oil is used for both power generation and heating and end users buy them up by the tanker because they burn clean! That’s a double winner, recycling efforts that result in a better outcome. Maybe you’ve heard only of the new and exciting flow of revenue recycling restaurant cooking oil can provide.
What’s more, choosing to sell off your cooking oil to a certified, reputable recycler also results in less contaminated, thick and dirty oil being disposed of in your drains, which can clog sewage lines due to the build-up of fats.
All in all, the process to transform vegetable oil into gasoline, diesel, and propane is a remarkable and rewarding discovery that can benefit your kitchen management objectives.
What One Gallon of Cooking Oil Really Costs
Consider the simple soybean, as it is grown and harvested, processed and packaged to eventually become your cooking oil. When you look into the monumental impact on various aspects of the environment, air, water, waste and more, it’s actually anything but a simple proposition.
More than 43 pounds of pesticides and fertilizer are typically required per acre of lande needed to grow the soybean. According to the EPA, these chemicals are the largest source of surface water quality problems in our rivers and lakes.
An enormous 358 pounds of lime per acre is needed to correct soil acidity and add nutrients necessary to grow healthy seeds to sprout. Limestone deposit mining is costly and such large amounts of energy are needed to make it into an agricultural product. That’s a lot of production work and effort that will produce, on average, only about 60 gallons worth of oil.
More than two gallons of diesel fuel is needed for one truck to bring a single 5 gallon jug of oil to your operation. Nearly 10,000 gallons of water is required to produce one gallon of oil. And farming just one acre of agricultural product takes five gallons of gas and diesel fuel.
The impact is clear, and the tremendous cost to the environment is evident. Choose wisely and make your footprint as small as possible!
For a FREE Environmental Impact Report, click below and request yours today!