Restaurant FAQs

Does it cost money to recycle my used cooking oil with New Leaf?
Never! While brokers who collect used cooking oil have to ride the wave of the commodity market, and therefore charge for the service at times, New Leaf will never charge for pickup of used cooking oil.
Do I have to pay for the disposal container?
Nope! New Leaf will provide you with a container to dispose of your cooking oil, free of charge. We will also never charge for delivery of the container.
How often do you pick up the oil?
New Leaf creates a custom pick up schedule tailor made to each restaurant. We come out to pick up prior to the container filling up, to avoid possible overflow.
Why can’t I just pour the oil down the drain?
Well, because that is a terrible idea, silly! The oil needs to avoid going down the drain for many reasons. Primarily, you are protecting the environment by keeping the oil out of the wastewater. Secondly, you are protecting your drains from buildup and clogs. And finally, why pour a renewable resource right down the drain, when you can recycle it to be converted into a clean-burning fuel made in the USA?
I heard people are paying for the oil, is that true?
That can be true, depending on what the market is doing. Believe it or not, the used cooking oil is a commodity, and is traded on the market. When the value is high, some companies begin to offer money for the oil. When it is low, some companies then need to charge to pickup the oil. These companies that fluctuate from charging to paying are typically brokers who sell the oil they collect. New Leaf does not sell you oil, rather we process into fuel. Depending on the volume and quality of oil donated, New Leaf can occasionally offer a rebate for the oil.
Why do I have to pay to have my grease trap serviced?
There is a charge for grease trap service because it costs New Leaf money to dispose of the wastewater properly and legally. Unlike the used cooking oil, grease trap waste is not a commodity. New Leaf provides this service as an added value to the oil collection service, however there is a cost involved with providing this service, which is why we must charge. The prices are based on the amount of time it takes to pump, the size (amount of grease trap water pumped), and frequency of service.
How often do I have to have my grease trap pumped?
The frequency of service will vary depending upon the type of business, volume of business and size of system, etc. Business owners should check with their local city, county and/or state agencies for requirements.