Always looking to improve efficiency in restaurant operations, McDonald’s USA sought a way to improve the efficiency of new cooking oil distribution and collection of used oil.
For more than 10 years, McDonald’s USA has worked with supplier RTI to implement a bulk cooking oil delivery and retrieval program. This program includes delivery of fresh cooking oil to the restaurants in bulk via a portal on the exterior of the restaurant to a large tank in the store. At the same time, waste oil is collected from a separate tank and taken back to a larger distribution facility where it is sold for re-use to a variety of vendors, including biodiesel companies. Today, more than 8,400 U.S. restaurants are enrolled in this program. Additional restaurants are being converted as infrastructure advancements develop.
Today, the average participating U.S. restaurant recycles nearly 11,600 pounds (1,516 gallons) of used cooking oil per year. In addition to more efficient restaurant operations, significant amounts of plastic and corrugated packaging have been eliminated because cooking oil no longer needs to be delivered in 35-pound plastic jugs in corrugated boxes, or “jibs.” This eliminates the creation of packaging in the first place and keeps additional packaging waste from going to the landfill.