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Grease Collection in the US: Feedstock for Biodiesel
September 3, 2015 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

by Ian Winner (Optimus Technologies/special guest author for Advanced Biofuels USA)  Grease Collection Overview  —  When we talk about grease, what do we mean? Grease can refer to yellow grease, choice white grease, edible or inedible tallow, lard, trap grease (also known as brown grease), poultry fat, and hydrogenated vegetable oil. Those in the industry generally refer to this category as Fats, Oils, and Greases (FOGs). For the purpose of this overview, grease is recycled spent cooking oil (also known as “yellow grease”).

Restaurants create millions of gallons of yellow grease per year. 249,243,160 gallons in the US to be exact. If not collected properly at restaurants, the grease can be a burden on waste water infrastructure and water treatment facilities.

There are two main types of entities that step in to fill this problem: haulers/collectors and renderers. The haulers/collectors are the companies that contract with restaurants to collect their spent cooking oil. These haulers/collectors then sell the oil to renderers who process it in order to be able to sell it to end use markets. Renderers may also have their own collection business. Haulers/collectors may also sell the oil directly to biodiesel plants.

Size and Nature of the Market

In 2014, the United States grease collection business had an estimated $2 billion annual revenue. The average yearly growth from 2009-2014 is 9.1%. The industry is expected to continue its growth at an annualized rate of 5.6% until 2019.

Not a lot of data exists on the grease collection industry; one possible reason is the highly competitive nature of the business. A fascinating personal account of this trend is recorded in this 2013 New Yorker article which includes FBI agents, surveillance cameras, sting operations, and lawsuits.

Due to the competition, many haulers provide locked containers (pictured below) to deter theft. This does not vanquish it entirely, however. Dar Pro (mentioned in the 2013 New Yorker article) says it loses millions of dollars to thefts each year.

Photo: corp

Photo: Consolidated Fabricators Corp.


There are no known federal regulations on the grease collection industry, but many states, counties, and other local authorities regulate the industry. One example is Georgia which passed a law in 2004 requiring grease collectors to register with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division or the local governing authority. The law also requires that the grease collectors’ trucks be inspected and permitted annually by the same authority.

How Grease Collection Works

Restaurants use oil (usually a type of vegetable oil) in fryers or other cooking applications. One study in South Carolina found that the average restaurant uses about 44 gallons per week.

Once the oil is spent, the restaurant empties it into a collection container (generally provided by the contracted hauler/collector or renderer) which is placed outside in an accessible area. The restaurant then replaces the spent oil with fresh oil in the fryer. The contracted collection company will come by (at some pre-determined interval) to empty the spent grease container.

Photo: Keevac Industries

Photo: Keevac Industries

Oil is usually pumped out using a vacuum truck (pictured below). At the end of the month, the grease collection company will do one of three things (depending on market conditions and location):

  1. Be paid by the restaurant for the gallons of grease hauled away that month
  2. Receive the grease for free
  3. Pay the restaurant per gallon of oil collected

It should be noted that there is a known market price of spent cooking oil (known as “yellow grease”), but this price is for the oil the renderers have filtered and refined (Prices for this refined grease can be found here. Note the prices are listed in cents/pound. Multiply the cents by 7.7 to get the price/gallon).

Uses for Collected Grease

There are three main end uses for “yellow grease:” a biodiesel feedstock, livestock feed, and for use in manufacturing pet food. 

A Small Sampling of Haulers/Collectors and Renderers in the Industry:

The state(s) or region listed next to each company is a presumed service area. This list does not include biodiesel plants or distributors. If you are looking for those, a good reference is the National Biodiesel Board website.

For a more comprehensive list of industry renderers, check out the quarterly updated National Renderers Association list.



  • Alternative Fuel Foundation – New England
  • DieselGreen – Texas
  • Greenlight Biofuels – Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia
  • Hulsey Environmental Services – Georgia
  • Lifecycle Renewables – New England
  • Waste Oil Recyclers – Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware
  • WVO Management – Texas


  • Baker Commodities – Continental US
  • Dar Pro – nationwide (also a collector)
  • Valley Proteins –Continental US



Water Industry News:

IBIS World:

The New Yorker Magazine:

Consolidated Fabricators Corp:

An Assessment of the Restaurant Grease Collection and Rendering Industry in South Carolina:

US Department of Agriculture National Weekly Ag Energy Round-Up:

Keevac Industries:

National Biodiesel Board:

National Renderers Association:


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*Ian Winner is a Research and Business Analyst with Optimus Technologies. He studies trends and regulations related to the biofuel industry. For more information about Ian, check out his LinkedIn profile:


Optimus Technologies manufactures EPA-approved biofuel conversion systems for medium and heavy-duty diesel trucks. With this simple approach, Optimus’ solutions provide fleets the easiest way to reduce fuel costs, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and address renewable fuel targets – all with a low payback period.

Advanced Biofuels USA thanks Optimus Technologies for providing this explanation  of grease collection for biofuel feedstock for our readers.  It does not constitute an endorsement by Advanced Biofuels USA of any specific technology.

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Iowa Has the Blueprint for Energy Independence
September 4, 2015 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Governor Terry Branstad (The Gazette)  … The good news is that America has a blueprint for becoming energy independent through renewable energy sources, and that blueprint is right here in Iowa.  I support an all-of-the-above energy approach, including traditional resources, but most traditional energy booms eventually wane. In contrast, renewable energy production promotes continual wealth generation throughout rural America.

Embracing renewable energy and harnessing Iowa’s renewable-rich resources has been a passion of mine since I began my career in public service. I’ve been a relentless supporter of biofuels dating back to the 1970s, when we called it “gas-a-hol”.

Biofuels have enabled value-added opportunities for a variety of biostocks including corn, cornstalks, soybeans, and woody biomass. And, renewable fuels have created high-paying jobs and rewarding careers in rural America. The use of co-products, such as Dried Distillers Grain (DDGs), is also important to growth in agriculture. As a by-product of ethanol production, DDGs have provided producers with a safe, reliable and inexpensive feed especially for cattle, as well as for pigs and poultry.

Today in Iowa, we produce significantly more ethanol than we consume in gasoline. We’re investing in renewable fuel infrastructure to give consumers more choices at the fuel pump.  READ MORE

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BIO International Convention  —   June 6-9, 2016  —  San Francisco, CA

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Synthetic Biology Comes in Peace
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August 28, 2015 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

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Is the Third Time the Charm?
August 28, 2015 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

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The Inevitable Battle
August 28, 2015 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Tim Portz (Biomass Magazine)  … Ours is an industry looking to take market share, often in declining markets, from well-entrenched incumbents who can only be expected to rabidly defend their enviable market position. In nearly …

The Virtuous Cycle of Biomass Supply
August 28, 2015 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Bill Levy (Pacific Ag/Biomass Magazine)  There are several main challenges in constructing an effective ag biomass supply chain, and they are influenced by a variety of factors. — As biobased product manufacturers evaluate sites for …

Synthesizing Substrates: Biogas Facilities Taking in a Wide Variety of Mixed Organic Waste Have a Few Extra Steps Involved in Feedstock Prep.
August 28, 2015 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  At Bio-En Power’s Elmira, Ontario, biogas plant, it isn’t unusual for odd items including trailer hitches, steel bars, and garbage cans to show up in the waste streams the facility …

India Issues Local Tender to Buy Ethanol for Blending
August 28, 2015 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  India’s state oil retailers have issued a local tender to buy 2.7 billion litres of ethanol to be blended with gasoline, weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for higher use of the sugarcane …

Protec Fuel, Patriot Capital Corporation Join Forces To Offer Zero-Percent Financing Program on Ethanol-Ready Fuel Dispensing Equipment
August 28, 2015 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(Patriot Capital Corporation)  Partnership creates a hassle-free path to obtaining alternative fuel upgrades — Fuel marketers seeking a competitive edge by offering alternative fuel options, can now quickly and affordably add ethanol-enhanced fuels to their dispensing …

Food Waste And Beef Fat Will Be Making Airplanes Soar
August 28, 2015 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Abbie Fentress Swanson (National Public Radio) … A growing number of biofuel producers are teaming up with farms, meatpackers and waste management companies to tap gassy waste to meet new demand for renewable jet fuel …

Ensyn Receives Key Regulatory Approval for its Renewable Diesel
August 28, 2015 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Ensyn/Advanced Biofuels Association)  Dr. Robert Graham, CEO and Chairman of Ensyn Corporation (Ensyn), is pleased to announce that Ensyn has been granted a key regulatory approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its …

US Firm Developing Plans to Turn Household Waste into Sugar on Teesside
August 28, 2015 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Kelley Price (Gazette Live)  Fiberight Ltd and CPI launch project to produce sugar from landfill waste through Industrial Biotechnology —  A sweet £1m project to turn household waste into sugar could prove a game-changer …

Dean And Brenda Daniels To Prison For Biodiesel Fraud
August 28, 2015 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(Southwest Florida Online)  Dean Daniels, 52, Richard Smith, 57, Brenda Daniels, 45 and William Bradley, 58, all of Florida, pleaded guilty and were sentenced today in U.S. district court for charges related to a scheme …

Do Liberals Hate Biofuels?
August 28, 2015 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Douglas L. Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)  Most liberals don’t hate biofuels. But most don’t love them either, mainly because of their underlying environmental concerns about first-generation biofuels, corn starch ethanol and soy biodiesel. The left’s deep …

Sustainable, High-Performance Oils & Lubes: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Novvi
August 28, 2015 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Novvi is a joint venture of Amyris, Inc. and Cosan S.A. Industria e Comercio created to develop, produce, market, and distribute high-performance oils and lubricants from renewable sources. Novvi draws …

Amyris and the Velocity of Renewables
August 28, 2015 – 10:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What makes Amyris, Amyris? We look at the products, the evolution of the story, the partners, the focus on yield, and deeper into the story of Rate. … Amyris experienced last …

Renewable Jet Fuel Is Taking Flight
August 27, 2015 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Zia Haq (US Department of Energy)  It’s been one year since we at the Energy Department ramped up our efforts to develop renewable jet fuel for the military and commercial aviation industry. The Department’s …

Summary of Incorporating Bioenergy in Sustainable Landscape Designs Workshop Released
August 27, 2015 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  BETO recently published a report summarizing the proceedings of the second Incorporating Bioenergy in Sustainable Landscape Designs Workshop, held June 24–26, 2014, in Argonne, Illinois. The workshop focused on agricultural landscapes and …

Energy Department Awards up to $4 Million to Develop Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts
August 27, 2015 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced two additional projects selected to receive up to $4 million to develop next-generation biofuels that will help reduce the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet …

Oil Industry Needs Half a Trillion Dollars to Endure Price Slump
August 27, 2015 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Rakteem Katakey and Luca Casiraghi (Bloomberg)  At a time when the oil price is languishing at its lowest level in six years, producers need to find half a trillion dollars to repay debt. Some might …

Energy Department Announces $10 Million for Innovative Technologies for Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement
August 27, 2015 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today (August 26, 2015) announced up to $10 million in funding to advance the production of advanced biofuels, substitutes for petroleum-based feedstocks and bioproducts made from renewable, non-food-based …

Protec Takes Unique E15, E85 Approach
August 27, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Todd Gardner, CEO of Protec Fuel, has more than 30 years in the fuel business. As such, he has been able to launch an interesting model in how they bring more …

In Iowa, Clinton Backs Ethanol as Part of Rural Aid Plan
August 27, 2015 – 10:38 am | No Comment

By Anne Gearan (The Washington Post)  … The Democratic front-runner’s rural aid package contains an endorsement for ethanol, the corn-based fuel additive. Iowa is the world’s largest producer of ethanol, which is at the center of …

EREF Publishes First Two Internal Research Program Reports
August 27, 2015 – 10:19 am | No Comment

( Environmental Research & Education Foundation)  – The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) has published two reports, which are the first to result from EREF’s Internal Research Program (IRP). The reports are “Using Municipal Solid Waste …

NYK to Participate in the Ownership of Canola Oil Venture in Tsunami Recovery Effort
August 27, 2015 – 10:12 am | No Comment

(Hellenic Shipping News)  NYK has concluded a contract with United Green* for partial ownership of a canola flower field along the Sanriku shoreline, an area that suffered extensive damage from the tsunami that accompanied the …

Olleco Completes Successful Acquisition of Convert2Green Ltd
August 27, 2015 – 10:06 am | No Comment

(Olleco)  Olleco, the UKs largest converter of used cooking oil and food waste into renewable energy, announced this week the successful acquisition of Convert2Green Ltd.

This acquisition is evidence of Olleco’s continued commitment to achieve its …

Reading the Green Like a Pro—Heavy Duty Truck GHG Phase 2 Mandates Can Help You Ace It!
August 27, 2015 – 10:03 am | No Comment

by Fran Flynn (Biofuels Digest/ Fleet Advantage)  On the putting green, the golfer who putts last has the advantage of watching his predecessor ‘show him the line. … On June 19, 2015 the Secretary of the …

Algae at the Energy Department: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to the DOE Algae Program
August 27, 2015 – 9:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Algae Program is carrying out a long-term applied research and development (R&D) strategy to increase the yields and lower the costs of algal biofuels by …

Algae Fuels, the Earth Room Problem, and Osmotic Shock Around the Clock
August 27, 2015 – 9:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What is the Earth Room Problem and how is osmotic shock helping us to solve it?
You may have wondered to yourself — at some point between 2009’s Summer of Algae …

NREL Studies E15 Infrastructure
August 26, 2015 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been studying current gas retailer’s infrastructure to determine if the equipment is already certified for E15 and flex fuels such as mid-level ethanol blends …

Branstad Praises Siouxland Ethanol Plant
August 26, 2015 – 7:40 pm | No Comment

by Tiffany Lane  (KTIV)  Governor Branstad stopped by one of Iowa’s 43 ethanol plants Tuesday morning.  … Branstad commended Andersons’ focus on E85 which is used for state vehicles.
“It’s renewable,” said Branstad. “It’s produced from corn …

CEC Biofuels Review on September 18
August 26, 2015 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

(Fleets and Fuels)  Biofuel And Biomethane ‘Lessons Learned and Pitfalls to Avoid’  —  The California Energy Commission is planning a Technology Merit Review “to highlight key ingredients for successful development of biofuel and biomethane projects.” …

Swedish Biogas: 73% NGV Penetration
August 26, 2015 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

(Fleet and Fuels)  But Nation Could Do More for NGVs, Says Advocate —  Some 73% of the fuel for natural gas vehicles in Sweden came from biogas during the first six months of 2015, according …

Scotland’s Argent Energy Commissions BDI for Multifeedstock Plant
August 26, 2015 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Austria-based BDI-BioEnergy International AG announced it has been commissioned to implement the next phase of construction—installation of multifeedstock technology—at Argent Energy (U.K.) Ltd.’s 13 MMgy biodiesel plant in Motherwell, Scotland, …

Teenager Develops Inexpensive Method to Turn Plastic Waste into Million-Dollar Biofuel
August 26, 2015 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

by Darwin Malicdem (International Business Times)  A new inexpensive way to turn plastic trash into fuel has been developed by an Egyptian teenager which could generate millions of dollars every year. The method produces biofuel by …

Reign in the EPA Say Republican Candidates
August 26, 2015 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  The last batch of Republican presidential candidates took the Soapbox stage during the last weekend of the Iowa State Fair.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) took a different approach and …