Renderers and grease collectors have contracts with restaurants to collect the used cooking oil they produce, paying the restaurant for the material. However, due to the increasing value of this disposal commodity, theft of inedible kitchen grease is running rampant. In the mid-1990s, the Pacific Coast Renderers Association was instrumental in getting a law passed in California that requires transporters of used cooking oil to register with the California Department of Food and Agriculture. However, thefts continue amid the frustration of the industry.
Additional programs are continually being put in place in California to help catch the thieves who are stealing this high-priced commodity. Read about the state’s inedible kitchen grease program and the ever-changing requirements for collecting grease in California.
California Department of Food and Agriculture Inedible Kitchen Grease Program