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Used Oil Pickup After Jonas Blizzard

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With the Jonas blizzard dumping well over 24 inches of snowfall in NYC, we are reminding our customers on how to properly care for their used cooking oil containers if they’re stored outside.

  1. Carefully brush and remove any and all snow that has accumulated on or around the waste oil collection containers.
  2. Clear a path to the waste oil containers so that your staff and our staff could have an unencumbered means by which to safely deposit and/or get to the containers.
  3. Call for an early pickup if you suspect that your oil collection containers are full.

We are happy to announce that our Oil Collection Pickup Schedules are running on time and that we will be by to pickup your waste oil shortly. Don’t worry – we’re New Yorkers… like you, and we can get through anything hicjz7v.

What is FOG and How To Dispose of it Properly

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If you’re in the food preparation industry, you’re no stranger to FOG. FOG stands for liquified fat, oil or grease. NYC and many other cities have clear mandates on proper disposal of FOG and impose stiff fines for not practicing strict adherence to their waste oil removal guidelines. NYCCAG is a licensed waste removal /transport company committed to neatly and safely removing your used cooking oil and grease – proudly serving our environment through proper disposal and handling of FOG throughout NYC including Staten Island, Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. Let’s cover the basics and best practices for proper FOG disposal…

1. All used cooking oil and grease should be collected in properly provisioned containers. Grease containers must remain closed to keep out pests and trash, and to prevent introduction of rainwater, which can cause overflows. Used Oil Collection Containers such as the ones provided by NYCCAG provide safe and proper storage for all oil and grease until it is picked up by the NYCCAG trucks.

2. Never dump cooking oil, animal fats and grease down the kitchen’s sink, toilet, or sewer drains. NYC’s FOG reduction program requires the use of grease trap/ interceptor programs to prevent sewer back-ups and overflows. NYCCAG provides routine Grease Trap Cleaning maintenance to some of the most popular eateries and cafeterias in NYC and its five boroughs.

3. Never use hot water and detergent to wash grease down the drain as it will cause sludge to buildup as it cools and hardens. That image above is a prime example of what happens to your pipes when improper FOG disposal practices are employed, which can be costly to repair and remedy.

4. Scrape and/or wipe all food from dishes, cookware, and utensils into the trash before washing.

5. Provide timely drain service maintenance including hydro-flushing and line jetting as part of your preventive maintenance and a means by which drain and sewer lines can remain clear. NYCCAG provides these and other drain cleaning services for NYC restaurants, hospitals, stadiums, hotels, schools and apartment complexes every day.

What’s the Difference Between Waste Cooking Oil and Biodiesel?

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We’ve all seen the stickers across cars and trucks proudly proclaiming “Powered By Biodiesel”… But are they really? Ask the gear-head who already knows the difference between engines that burn Waste Cooking Oil versus those that burn actual Biodiesel and he’ll tell you the answer is simple.

First, Biodiesel can be used in any diesel engine, straight vegetable oil (SVO) or Waste Cooking Oil cannot. That is to say, in order to burn Waste Cooking Oil as fuel, you must first convert the diesel engine itself to do so. The major difference between Waste Cooking Oil (Waste Vegetable Oil – WVO) and Biodiesel is that in order for the plant or animal oil to become Biodiesel, it must first undergo a chemical reaction process known as transesterification. For additional details on how Biodiesel is made, refer to this post here, explaining the making of Biodiesel Cycle and your involvement in the Waste Oil Recycling Process.

While there are a number of descent diesel conversion kits out there, GreaseCar, PlantDrive and Golden Fuel Systems to name a few, Biodiesel is processed in a manner that closely resembles petrodiesel, and hence can burn as fuel in any traditional diesel engine without needing any additional converting.

So, back to the bumper sticker. That late year model car or truck that emits that ever so pleasant french fry scent gives it away! It is most likely burning waste cooking oil (SVO) and not Biodiesel. Due to the advancements in modern diesel engines however, it is not recommended you fill up with your favorite eatery’s cooking oil, without caution. This is due to the viscosity and impurities found in SVO that can gunk up and ultimately damage engine parts.

Top 5 Ways Restauranteurs are Helping the Environment Through Waste Oil Removal Services

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When restauranteurs use responsible waste oil removal practices, they do more than simply abide by the law – they are helping the environment as well.

1. Recycling waste oil responsibly means that your used cooking oil is being used to make fuel out of waste. This is particularly true when considering that waste cooking oil (usually a vegetable oil) and other animal fat derived grease is used to create biodiesel. This type of biodiesel does not compete with food production whatsoever making biodiesel a renewable fuel resource.
2. For each unit of energy used to create biodiesel out of used cooking oil, it yields a life-cycle equivalent of 5.5 to 7 units of energy. WOW!
3. EPA studies published show a 78% reduction in overall life-cycle emissions when comparing Biodiesel and/or Biodiesel blends to petroleum diesel fuel. 1
4. Biodiesel is considered to be rapidly biodegradable and non-toxic. 2
5. The EPA has recognized Biodiesel as alternative fuel meeting the clean diesel standards defined by the California Air Resources Board and having passed both Tier I and Tier II Health Effects Testing under the Clean Air Act.

1: EPA – Life Cycle Inventory of Biodiesel and Petroleum Diesel for Use in an Urban Bus
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How Biodiesel Is Made From Waste Cooking Oil Collected

How Biodiesel is Made From Used Cooking Oil Collected

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We are often asked… What happens to all the used cooking oil collected? The simple answer… BIODIESEL, among other things.

To help our clients understand the important role we all play in the waste oil recycling process, we’ve included The Cycle For Making Biodiesel Infographic above. Let’s follow the recycling process…

    1. That awesome meal you just ate at your favorite restaurant or cafeteria was prepared in cooking oil. The restaurant that prepared that meal for you collects all the waste oil generated by your meal (as well as the meals from other patrons) into large waste oil containment bins.
    2. Once these waste oil containment bins are full, the nice folks at NYCCAG neatly pump the used cooking oil into storage tanks housed on the NYCCAG fleet of trucks.
    3. This used cooking oil is then processed by filtration systems to separate the oil from food particles, foreign particulates, and water. 1,2
    4. Once this used cooking oil is purified, a biodiesel facility will add methanol or ethanol and sodium methylate as a catalyst along with heat in a chemical reaction known as ‘transesterification’ . Based on the amount of acidic content of the sample, these acids are then esterified into biodiesel, esterified into glycerides, or removed, typically through neutralization.
    5. And so, this once used cooking oil used to prepare your meal has now been recycled to produce biodiesel and glycerol – used widely in the food and cosmetic industry. Biodiesel provisioned heaters, vehicles, and homes will use this biodiesel for fuel and the process will start all over again. 3

transesterification : alcohol + ester → different alcohol + different ester

To find out or schedule your used cooking oil collection pick up click here.

1: “Biodiesel Magazine |“. 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
2: “Pre-Treatment For Oil Biodiesel Processors & Biodiesel Equipment by Biodiesel Experts International, LLC”. 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2012.

Are You NYC DEP Compliant?

Are You NYC DEP Compliant?

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Your compliance with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) starts by selecting NYCCAG to be your waste oil removal service provider. The NYC DEP mandates that establishments properly dispose of cooking oil and (FOG) fats, oil, and grease with a reputable provider. We are such a provider and would love the opportunity to service all your oil collection removal needs. We offer free Oil Collection Containment tanks of varying sizes to accompany your restaurant’s busy schedule, and we’ll pick up your used cooking oil for FREE. Restaurants who violate this law can be fined up to $10,000.

The DEP has the authority and does regular inspections on restaurant establishments, observing and grading their used cooking oil collection program and method. As part of these inspections, you are required to provide proof of safe waste oil disposal practices that includes documentation receipts – which you are required to maintain on premises. NYCCAG provides restaurants such as yours with this receipt documentation for each and every pickup proving the chain of custody in disposal of your waste oil – thereby keeping you in full compliance to NYC DEP guidelines.

Remember, grease theft is a rising threat and it is up to you to safely store and protect the oil containment tank provided for you. Stolen oil means you won’t be able to provide the DEP with proper ‘disposal of your oil documentation’ that is required of you. Always verify that your oil is being picked up by one of our friendly NYCCAG uniformed drivers driving our beautifully wrapped NYCCAG trucks. We take grease theft very seriously and so should you.

NYCCAG (Clean Air Group) proudly serves Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Staten Island with Used Oil Collection, Drain Cleaning, Grease Trap Cleaning, and Cesspool Maintenance services. Our BIC #: 483687 and DEC #: 2A-746.

Call us at 800-593-2471 or 718-746-1497 for immediate service.

Comparing Biodiesel Emissions to Petroleum Diesel Emissions

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Let’s set the record straight. According to the data results posted in the EPA report for Emission comparisons1, the use of biodiesel in a conventional diesel engine not equipped with the new diesel after-treatment, show to have a substantial reduction of unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter when compared to those of petro-diesel emissions. Furthermore, the data shows that Biodiesel sulfur oxides and sulfates – which are major contributors to acid rain – to be virtually eliminated when compared to the sulfur levels of traditional diesel.

What does that mean exactly? Biodiesel showed a significant amount in the reduction of unburned hydrocarbons which along with nitrogen oxides are the leading causes for ozone and smog forming. When considering the data pertaining to carbon monoxide (CO) emissions, Biodiesel (B20) reduced emissions by over 11% compared to diesel with increased reductions gained by a higher mixture of biodiesel in the fuel blend.

Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) emission levels demonstrated approximately a 2% rise in some instances but fluctuated on the duty cycle of the engine and testing methods employed in the study. An examination of all of the published data suggests that there is no discrepancy between engine and vehicle testing and that for B20 on average there is no net impact on NOx. However, the reasons for the variability in NOx with engine model are not understood and are worthy of further study. It is possible that the variation is caused by differences in how engine fuel injection systems and electronic controls respond to the lower energy content or other properties of B20.1

Furthermore, the study demonstrated that even blended diesels, those consisting in part of Biodiesel mixed with petroleum diesel, proved beneficial in moving the dial towards lessening greenhouse gases. You can find the complete report here. Click to enlarge the charts below.


1: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Milestone Report -

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