What do you do with all of those ink toner cartridges that your office uses each day? How about all of the paper that is tossed out after being looked at for just a few seconds? Now, what do you do with all of the dead batteries from different gadgets around the office? I created this blog to help other businesses find methods of recycling the many recyclable materials that come in and out of the office in a day. It is my hope that knowing what can be done with these things will help keep them out of the landfill.
Recycling is considered eco-friendly in general, for reasons like avoiding landfill disposal and reducing the need for mining and refining new materials. But the grease from your fryer isn't exactly a petroleum product, so you may wonder how it can reduce the need for mining new materials, for instance.
While the benefits of recycling grease are similar to those of recycling plastic or metal, they also work a bit differently. Here are some of the things grease collection and recycling services can do for the planet.
Help keep your septic or sewer in good condition
Grease, fat, and oil are considered one of the main reasons for clogs in sewer lines, and they can foul up septic systems as well. If you have a grease trap, neglecting to empty it often enough can lead to these clogging issues as grease escapes the trap. This could lead to the need for sewer line repairs.
Digging up sewers or septic systems for repairs not only requires energy and often newly manufactured replacement parts, but it also disturbs the area's soil and other ecosystem components. By having your grease collected for recycling regularly, you can more easily keep your pipes in great shape and avoid these types of disturbances.
Provide usable grease for a variety of purposes
While the grease that collects in your grease trap may seem fairly worthless to you, there is actually a variety of applications it can be used for after recycling. For instance, grease can be used as an eco-friendly type of biofuel, allowing for green-powered vehicles. The grease collected from your grease trap may also be composted and turned into a great fertilizer for farming use.
Some other possible uses for different types of recycled grease and oils include:
In this way, using recycled grease can even reduce needs for petroleum products such as oil that would otherwise be produced for the fuels and other products the grease is used for.
Reduce greenhouse gas production
Grease that isn't recycled after being cleaned out of a grease trap is typically sent to the landfill. Even a well-contained landfill produces large amounts of methane, and any unrecycled grease will contribute to this effect. So choosing a grease collection service that also provides grease recycling is another way to keep things out of the landfill.
These are just a few of the eco-friendly aspects of hiring a grease collection and recycling service. Get in touch with your local grease recycling services to learn more.