General Questions

Who is LowerMainland Biodiesel?

We are an environmentally forward thinking who process used cooking oil for biodiesel production, which accords with environmental interest and green initiative mandates.

I eat out alot. What are the benefits to frequenting restaurants that take part in your initiative?

Patrons can have peace of mind when they see know that the cooking oils used by the restaurant is being recycled and converted in biodiesel. By eating out at these participating restauarants you are contributing and supporting the local biofuel industy, as well as contributing to the environment. Patrons can also access a list of all participating restaurants from this website, and view which restaurants are enrolled in the program.

Do you only deal with restaurants?

No, we deal with caterers, food manufacturers that have waste oil by-product, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, and universities. Any facility that has waste oil, we can service.

Are there costs involved to restaurants for Joining?

No, there are no costs associated with taking part in our initiative. This program is designed to be a WIN:WIN for everyone involved.

Does the program have a good environmental record?

Good question! Many restaurants fail to look at the companies they do business with in terms of their environmental record. We strongly encourage you to look at the environmental records of ALL your suppliers to ensure that you are aligned with the right type of company.

Why is your program better than my current supplier?

This program not only pays you for your used frying oil but it actively promotes your restaurants to tourists, local patrons, and to the media. Your participation helps local BC communities benefit from access to biofuels that help reduce carbon emissions. No, other program has the industry support and participation we have to show the public that your restaurant is helping the environment.

Are you particular about the types of waste oil you accept?

Yes, we will accept any vegetable oil as long as it’s non-hydrogenated. So, Canola oil, Corn Oil, multi-vegetable oils are all acceptable and naturally comes non hydrogenated. However, shortenings are mainly hydrogenated and cannot be used for this program. It’s unhealthy for the heart and for mother earth.

Biodiesel Questions

What is Biodiesel?

Biodiesel is a non-toxic, biodegradable biofuel derived from high free fatty acid feedstock such as recycled restaurant grease, vegetable oil and cooking oil (lipids), and animal fats (tallow). Biodiesel is produced from these feedstock and go through a process called transesterification, which involves reacting the oil with an alcohol (usually methanol, although ethanol can also be used) and a catalyst (such as sodium hydroxide). The resulting chemical reaction produces glycerin and an ester called biodiesel. Biodiesel produces less air pollutants than petroleum-based diesel because it produces fewer life cycle greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) which contribute to climate change and global warming. Our Biodiesel is pure b100 made from recyclable waste cooking oil

Can I use biodiesel in my vehicle?

Most diesel engines are warranted to run on anywhere between B5 (5% biodiesel) to B20 (20% biodiesel).

What are the benefits?

Biodiesel helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) because it comes from animal or plant biomass with a lifecycle of a few years. On the other hand, petro diesel is a fossil fuel that releases into the atmosphere carbon that has been tied up for hundreds of millions of years, and all of it adds to GHGs. Fossil fuels also release more tailpipe emissions than does biodiesel. Economic Benefits The biodiesel industry has contributed significantly to the domestic economy and helps reduce the amount of non-renewable resources Canada purchases from foreign countries. The industry contributes to regional economic growth by supporting local agriculture producers and industries by using seed oils and residual fats as its raw material. The local production of biodiesel contributes aconomically to the local communities by delivering a more cost efficient and environmentally friendly

Can I use biodiesel year-round?

The government of Canada has subjected biodiesel to a thorough series of on and off road testing. The Alberta Renewable Diesel Demonstration (ARDD) was Canada’s largest cold-weather study of renewable diesel fuels. This project successfully demonstrated the on-road use of low level renewable diesel blends in a range of Canadian climatic conditions.

Does biodiesel affect fuel consumption?

Biodiesel-powered engines have been shown to deliver similar torque and horsepower as diesel-powered engines. Biodiesel has a higher cetane rating, which can improve starting and reduce smoke emissions.


Does my restaurant have to be a member of he BCRFA or ABLE-BC?

No, you do not have to be a member of these organizations to take part in our initiative but keep in mind that these organizations do special marketing campaigns that benefit your restaurant and boost your exposure. We encourage restaurants to join BCRFA and ABLE-BC because they can help collectively the growth and betterment of their respective industries and help protect and grow your establishment to its fullest potential.

How often will you get our used oil?

We will have regularly scheduled service in all areas on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. We will also have a 48 hour emergency notice for pick ups on our regular service routes. If you are not on the service map locations, we can make arrangements for your waste oil pick up.

I am a restaurant patron, how can I help?

You play an important part in helping our planet and by frequenting our participating members. There is an easy way you can help: You can help by sharing our program with your fellow restaurant enthusiasts and by inviting restaurants to the join the program (it’s free to join and it pays them for their used frying oil- now, who can beat that?)

Do I have to supply my own container?

No, you do not have to supply your own container. You can also opt to be “bin free” and just refill your jibs, jugs or containers that we can take. We have found a recycler for plastic jibs and are happy to provide this service. However, please keep in mind we do not accept ALL plastics, only the containers that the original cooking/frying oils were in.

How will this help my restaurant?

a) In giving public recognition by listing your restaurant as a participant. This is so your patrons and those interested in supporting "green friendly” restaurants know that you are taking part. b) By paying you for your used oil service. We will work with you to beat any competitor's oil price and give you top $ for your used oil. Contact us for details. c) By recycling what is already in the food chain, we are not taking valuable farm land to make bioplants. This helps to keep your food costs down. Because there is limited land for farming, we are not taking away from farmland to make biofuels; we are looking in the food supply chain and recycling. This is why your part is important to helping the environment.

What are your bin sizes?

We currently have 3 bin sizes we use for collecting the waste oil. Depending on the amount of oil and frequency of pick up, we would place either a 1,300 litre or 200 litre bin. We can also customize container bins to suit your business. Our Bins do not use a drainage system, instead we use a a suction hose from the top of the container to avoid spills, also we do not use forklift to pick up the bins and the bins stays at your business at all times.
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