The National Renderers Association, which takes the used cooking oil and turns it into biofuel, is currently conducting a survey to discover just how much grease is being stolen these days. Tom Cook, the NRA president, told USA Today that:
What is the waste worth? Around $1.90 a gallon, apparently, and those darn "grease rustlers" are, in some cases, making off with 700 gallons at a time. Big producers can lose even more. USA Today talked to the "animal and bakery byproduct recycling company" Griffin Industries and discovered that it "conservatively estimates" weekly thefts at around a million pounds. That's a lot of deep fry.Virtually all of our members who are in the business of picking up used cooking oils are experiencing grease theft to some degree or another, in some cases, pretty significantly.
[Source: USA Today | Image: baube1942 - C.C. License 2.0]