Greasezilla and LEND Environmental Collaborate in Los Angeles to Produce Premium UCO and Brown Grease Biofuels

Greasezilla | March 17, 2022

Downey Ridge Environmental Company, the creator of the Greasezilla® fats, oils, and grease (FOG) and used cooking oil (UCO) separation and processing system, has partnered with LEND Environmental to expedite the recycling of used cooking oil and grease trap trash throughout southern California. Additional locations will be established to separate waste input streams into water, batter, and oils to recover valuable organics for re-use as clean energy. Additionally, the facilities will help California achieve its environmental goals by keeping garbage out of its public water system, reducing landfills, providing renewable energy, and repurposing wastewater.

The move comes on the heels of LEND Environmental's Sylmar, CA site installing a Greasezilla system in 2021. In addition to processing FOG ecologically into Brown Grease Advanced Biofuel, the company began purifying large quantities of waste cooking oil, resulting in a premium, low-moisture Yellow Grease Advanced Biofuel. The Sylmar plant immediately achieved capacity by taking UCO and FOG from nearby transporters. Greasezilla's extraordinary results and the region's enormous need for grease and oil waste recovery prompted the joint venture.
Downey Ridge Environmental Company is deploying a Greasezilla system in Lancaster, California, as part of the collaboration. The system, which is expected to be operational in Q2 2022, will increase LEND Environmental's grease recycling capacity and expand Greasezilla's presence in the region. The firms intend to unveil additional systems in California in the coming months and numerous other locations across the country.

"Los Angeles County generates an enormous amount of waste oil and greases, With Greasezilla we can separate and recover trapped low-carbon biofuels from waste oils while utilizing a small percentage of the very fuel it generates to power the process – a pure example of the circular economy at work. We see tremendous growth potential and are excited to work with Greasezilla to expand our recycling operations in the area."

- Louis Downey, owner of LEND Environmental.

Greasezilla, well-known for its environmentally friendly FOG separation process, separates water and batter from commercial grease trap waste to produce a high-quality, low-moisture Brown Grease Advanced Biofuel. Greasezilla's capacity to remove residual particles and drastically reduce water content enables it to refine UCO into a high-quality, low-moisture Yellow Grease Advanced Biofuel. While lower grade Yellow Grease is utilized in animal feed or composted, Greasezilla-refined Yellow Grease with a moisture level of 1% is deemed reactor-ready feedstock for bio- and sustainable diesel production — and may be blended with up to 15% Brown Grease while maintaining its premium value.

Most of our public and commercial customers install Greasezilla to solve their FOG discharge and separation needs, meeting the pressing demand for more FOG receiving centers nationwide. LEND Environmental immediately looked beyond FOG separation and saw the advantages of refining UCO with Greasezilla as well. It was a natural progression for our system, and LEND Environmental has proven the efficacy of UCO separation and dewatering deriving a premium quality output. We can now state confidently that UCO processed with Greasezilla is the fastest, most proficient way to achieve a premium Yellow Grease commodity output. Greasezilla plans to invest and co-locate with operators across the country to help manage the increased volumes of waste, mitigate landfills and create renewable biomass. 


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Standard Sola | February 24, 2022

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Southern California Gas Company | February 25, 2022

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