Now that fuel prices are soaring as is the need for bio-derived fuels, used kitchen grease is getting stolen and sold on the black market. Restaurants that prepare fried foods are targeted as they typically store larger quantities of the used oil. And it smells pretty awful, so it’s usually stored outdoors towards the rear of the building…which makes it susceptible to theft.

A typical fast-food restaurant produces 150 to 250 pounds of grease a week. Many do not even know when a theft occurs because it usually happens overnight. Most security cameras and night watchmen are focused on cash registers, not the trash.

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