Running a hotel kitchen is not the same as running a standalone restaurant. The hours might be different (room service anyone?), the menus might be different, and in many cases, hotels may have several dispersed kitchens that need to coordinate the recycling of their used cooking oil. Events can mean you produce a large quantity of oil one day or one season, and much less another day or another time of year.
What’s the most efficient way for a hotel with multiple kitchens to store and dispose of used cooking oil?
Find a Local Used Cooking Oil Collector
First and foremost, you want to make sure you’re working with a local used cooking oil collector who picks up the phone when you call, and can handle emergency pickups or other issues right away. If you’re in Detroit, Ann Arbor, or Flint, Michigan, that company is Detroit Grease. Call or even text us, and you’ll reach an owner right away.
Because your schedule can be so different from the average restaurant, it’s crucial to make sure that your cooking oil collector is easy to reach. If you have to go through a call center and wait days to hear from anyone who actually has the authority to get you an emergency cooking oil pickup or other service, you’re going to have a problem.
A local collector will prioritize you and your business more than a large, nation-wide company will be able to.
Choose the Right Storage Option
One of the most common ways restaurants store used cooking oil is dumping it into a large, outdoor recycling bin provided by their cooking oil disposal company. In the simplest scenario, you’ll have one larger bin in a safe space outdoors, and your restaurant employees will dump any spent oil in it at the end of the evening. They’ll have to carry the oil out there, and ensure that contaminants like food scraps and water do not fall into the bin.
If you have multiple kitchens, you might consider asking about shuttles or caddies that can help employees transport oil safely and lower the risk of spills. Caddies or shortening disposal units provide an excellent option for transporting oil through parts of a hotel that can’t afford a spill. These transport units come with either a manual or a motorized pump. There is no bending, lifting involved which saves the wear and tear on employees and prevents injuries from lifting.
Another good option for hotels are smaller indoor tanks that can slide under your sink on wheels that roll under counters. This can be an attractive option if you have limited space or if cooking oil theft is a big problem for your restaurant. Storing the oil inside means your employees don’t have to carry it outside. They’re less likely to slip or fall or cause oil stains. These can be rolled to the exterior door and your used cooking oil collector can pump directly into his truck.
How Detroit Grease works with you
Detroit Grease will work with you to design a configuration that works best for your property. As a local company we want to keep clients satisfied so they stay with us for the long haul. We are not just looking for the high volume, easy to service accounts as many of the large companies do. We are there for you 24/7.
Used cooking oil recycling may not be the first thing you consider when you think about running a hotel with food service, but the company you choose to work with may be one of the most important decisions you make for your hotel. Call or text Detroit Grease today at (313) 769-8645.