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2 Men Arrested For Stealing Used Cooking Oil From Restaurants
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2 Men Arrested For Stealing Used Cooking Oil From Restaurants - October 14, 2011, 05:07 PM

Apparently cooking oil is the new crack. Once processed, it sells for $3.50 per gallon.


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Fa De Zheng, Ming Gang Lu caught stealing cooking oil in Arlington

Fa De Zheng and Ming Gang Lu were arrested for stealing used oil. (Photo: Arlington County Police)

Fa De Zheng, 36, of Oxon Hill and Ming Gang Lu, 38, of New York were arrested and charged with grand larceny, grand larceny with the intent to sell, possession of burglarious tools and destruction of property, according to an Arlington County police news release.


The company Greenlight Biofuels first contacted police about the thefts in September. They suspected the thefts had been occurring since March, citing at least four restaurants that had been struck, the news release said.
On October 7, police saw the two men attempting to siphon used oil deposit at the Ballston Mall.


The men were converting the waste into clean-burning biodiesel fuel.
Biodiesel is an alternative to petroleum diesel that can be used in any diesel engine.
Typically oil thieves steal from restaurants and go unnoticed until the normal collection company arrives to pick up the product. Theft has become a major issue in the restaurant cooking oil collections industry, due to the increase of its value from the evolving biodiesel market, the news release said.


Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Paul Marseilles at (703) 228-4237. Det. Marseilles can also be contacted via e-mail at pmarseilles@arlingtonva.us. Witnesses can also call the Arlington Police Tip-Line at (703) 228-4242.



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October 14, 2011, 05:11 PM

are the restaurants not paying to have the oil removed/recycled or are they being paid for it?


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People are paying for the oil. Biodiesel is made from it.
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I get oil from a few places for my biodiesel and straight WVO vehicles. I have found most smaller mom and pop places will sell it to me for .10 a gallon. Technically they can only sell it to me BEFORE it goes into the waste container. Once in the waste container it is the property of the collection company.

Larger chains typically don't want to risk the contract they have by letting me get any oil.


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Asians are smart, we are also stealing yo used coffee beans.


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I get oil from a few places for my biodiesel and straight WVO vehicles. I have found most smaller mom and pop places will sell it to me for .10 a gallon. Technically they can only sell it to me BEFORE it goes into the waste container. Once in the waste container it is the property of the collection company.

Larger chains typically don't want to risk the contract they have by letting me get any oil.
how long does it take to filter and refine it into a useable fuel?
do you have to add any catalyst chemicals?



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Im interested in this as well....I dump 5 gal a day...I could be making money off of this!?
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As a former Resturant manager, I will tell you, there is a company called RTI that supplies restaurants with clean oil, and soon this company will be running the industry, once they do so, it will be nearly impossible to do what these guys were doing.

When the restaurant dumps the oil, it drains into a large tank, which is inside the store, the run hoses into the wall with fittings on the outside of the store, RTI pulls up, hooks there hoses to it, and pumps it out... So the used oil never even goes into a grease trap outside or anything.



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As a former Resturant manager, I will tell you, there is a company called RTI that supplies restaurants with clean oil, and soon this company will be running the industry, once they do so, it will be nearly impossible to do what these guys were doing.
As in investor, I like hearing about little known gems like this. These are the under the radar vendors to much larger companies that make for great investment material.

I just quickly researched them. Great penetration and revenue growth year over year for the last 4 years of I could find. $104MM > $205MM in revenue in a 3 year period.

But they're a privately held company. Dammit!
If they were a franchise operation, I'd be all over it. Restaurants will come and go. Franchises will come and go. But they will always use oil and have a need to dispose of it.



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Im interested in this as well....I dump 5 gal a day...I could be making money off of this!?

Dude.... yes. If you're dumping 5 gallons of used cooking oil a day...PM me. We can work something out. Give to a fellow biker instead of the corporations.


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