A Second Chance

Published March 28, 2019

What happens to used cooking oil?

Pools and zoos. Amusement parks and carnival rides. Summer sunshine means fun-filled activities. True to the American way of life, some of these warm-weather traditions come stocked with your favorite, deep-fried eats—corn dogs, fried pickles, hot dogs, loaded French fries, and those giant turkey legs all rely on cooking oil. You might not think past the yummy goodness of those special occasion snacks, but where does all that unused cooking oil go?

Does used cooking oil just get thrown away?

No! Businesses use appropriate commercial storage oil containers either outside or inside of their establishments. These units are durable, customizable, and tested to make sure that used cooking oil stays safely inside while keeping potential hazards out.

For at-home use, the USDA recommends storing your unused cooking oil in a designated, clearly-labeled container. If you are done with the oil, store it somewhere dark, dry, and at room temperature. You can store and reuse oil for up to 3 months. If the oil turns rancid, throw it out by sealing it in a container before taking it to your nearest recycling center! 

What happens to the oil after it's stored in these containers?

Businesses then call their preferred oil-retrieving company to pick up the used oil. Your used cooking/heating oil holds notable “street” value due to its multitude of recyclable qualities. Keeping it secure in one of Onken’s reliable containers will help your business and employees stay secure while handling it.

The collected oil can be rendered, or processed for sustainable content, and turned into other useful products. Your leftover oil could then be upcycled into biofuel which lowers the negative impact of your oil on the environment while providing endless opportunities for reuse.

What is biofuel?

Biofuel is a clean-burning, renewable source of energy that can be refined into various needs for a demanding consumer base. It can be separated into two categories: biodiesel and renewable diesel.

Biodiesel helps supply the things you use every day like soap, lotion, and shampoo. Renewable diesel is found in paint thinner, varnish, and plastics. The inedible meat, bone meal, blood meal, and minerals can still be processed and recycled into produce animal feed, pet food, or other household and commercial products.

How does the storage of used oil affect the environment?

The term “oil” can be associated with disastrous incidents to the world’s most delicate ecosystems. Green initiatives to protect the environment are a reaction to the damage already done by current energy consumption trends. We cannot totally reverse the current damage, but we can work towards inflicting less harm to the environment.

Onken understands the need to keep our planet healthy, which explains our obsession with perfecting our commercial storage containers to avoid accidental spills, mishandlings, or unintentional environmental damage. The typical American diet will not change overnight (nor will the need to heat your home), but our used oil storage containers can make those transitions less hazardous.

Where can I find the right used oil storage container for my business?

Onken has perfected the process just for you! Our supply of storage units helps keep your business safe and cost-efficient.

Contact us for more information on which system is right for you!