[USCC] Re: Waste grease and fat
William (Bill) Carter
Tue Apr 2 10:08:00 2002
There are 2 different food-service oil/grease wastes that are often =
PB was asking about "grease trap waste" from restaurant grease traps. =
These traps are in the wastewater plumbing downstream of the restaurant =
sinks to capture grease and food solids and prevent them from overloading =
wastewater treatment plants. This material is high-90's% water ("flowable =
liquid") and NASTY. Composting it where possible is about the highest-end =
use it has currently. Otherwise it is a major pain for disposal.
The other "grease" is primarily recovered cooking oil with cooking =
residues, largely from restaurant frying. It has traditionally been =
collected for rendering, primarily to recover clarified oil for use in =
animal feed and sometimes for other commercial applications of vegetable =
This latter waste would presumably be a potential feedstock for refinement =
into fuels, but that use would have to be weighed against the relatively =
high-end rendering products. (Incidentally, I've been told cooking oil, =
even home bacon drippings, was collected and processed to recover =
glycerine for the making of nitroglycerine in World War II.) The former =
(grease trap waste) would seem to have far too much water (not to mention =
impurities) to be a cost-effective fuel resource.
Please correct me if I've misinterpreted.
Watershed Management Team MC 147
Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission
P.O. Box 13087
Austin, TX 78711-3087
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> If restaurant grease trap waste (flowable liquid) were applied to wood
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Not to sound anti-composting but oil and grease have other uses in some=20
cases. For example, there is a move to make biodiesel from what is =
WVO, waste vegetable oil. Animal fats have the same potential. But =
material also has very high BTU when used as an additive to boiler =
fuel. It would likely have about 95% of the BTU diesel fuel. We are=20
exploring the use of fat and grease as boiler fuel for a client in =
now. He will soon decide if he prefers biodiesel or bunker fuel.
The volume of the material, reliable supply and the local situation have =
lot to do with your options. Composting may not be much of an option in =
areas either. I guess that some local authorities would prefer to =
a problem away than deal with it.
Neal Van Milligen
Kentucky Enrichment Inc.