Florida-based grease recycling company signs on new clients

By Erin Voegele | February 06, 2012

Florida-based grease recycling company Freedom Environmental Services Inc. recently announced it has signed service contracts with 14 Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q restaurants to provide ongoing grease trap maintenance and the collection and processing of yellow cooking grease. According to Mike Borish, Freedom Environmental Services’ CEO, his company currently works with nearly 2,500 clients spanning from Tampa to Jacksonville.

“We do full service restaurant care, which includes grease trap cleaning and maintenance, plumbing, water systems repair, and grease recycling,” Borish said. “The cooking oil is one of the waste streams we bring back to our plant, where we process it, recycle it and sell it to commodities brokers [for use] as feedstock for the biodiesel [industry] or as animal feed,” he continued. Borish estimates that his company currently sells approximately 18,000 gallons of recycled cooking oil into the biodiesel industry each week.

When Freedom Environmental Services sets up a new account, Borish said, it purchases a water-tight secure recycling container and installs it onsite. The company then collects grease from each client once a week. Once the grease arrives at the company’s processing facility it is put through a screening box to remove heavy solids. According to Borish, the screened material is further processed to remove moisture and reduce free fatty acids.

“More and more companies understand the full range of services that we offer the food service industry and appreciate the fact that we are one of the only companies that actually processes all of the cooking oil that we pick up so that it can be reused as a biofuel feedstock,” said Michael Ciarlone, Freedom Environmental Services’ chief operating officer. “The oil can then be reused which helps our country's dependency on foreign oil and keeps the used oil from being dumped into local landfills. Good for the customer, good for the environment and good for the country.”


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