10 facts about rendering*

Rendering is recycling

Rendering is recycling

Rendering is the cooking and drying of animal by-products that remain after removing the meat people eat.

Often unknown but true

Often unknown but true

People use rendered products every day in soaps, paints, varnishes, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, shaving cream, deodorant, crayons, leather (handbags, car seats, furniture), lubricants, caulking compounds, candles, cleaners, paints, perfumes, polishes, rubber products, plastics, fertilizers and even explosives. Many people just don’t realize it.

Good for animal Health

Good for animal Health

Rendering produces valuable fats and proteins that improve the nutrition in foods used by consumers and farmers to feed their pets as well as livestock, poultry and fish.

Recycling from restaurants

Recycling from restaurants

Renderers pick up the nation’s used restaurant cooking grease/oil, and clean and recycle it into ingredients for animal feed, biodiesel and renewable diesel for cars, trucks, airplanes and other equipment.

Rendering is sustainable

Rendering is sustainable

Recycling of animal by-products sequesters at least five times as much greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) as it emits. Rendering produces far fewer emissions than landfilling or composting. Rendered products help animal agriculture and other customers reduce their environmental footprints and become more sustainable. If all renderable products were landfilled, the entire available space would be full in four years and pose a serious public health threat.

Clean and safe

Clean and safe

High cooking temperatures used in rendering assure animal food and consumer safety to protect against bacteria, viruses and other safety hazards. Meeting customer needs for quality and safety is a high priority.

Consumers can have confidence

Consumers can have confidence

Renderers comply with all required federal, state and local regulations and laws. They conduct hazard analyses, control food safety hazards, and use good manufacturing practices in their Rendering Code of Practice stewardship program. This Code of Practice fully complies with new FDA rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Volume in, quality out

Volume in, quality out

Rendering is a high-volume, high-tech industry. North American renderers collect 60 billion pounds of raw materials a year. Renderers recycle raw materials by cooking and drying these products into 11 billion pounds of fats/oils and 10 billion pounds of protein each year.

Skilled workforce

Skilled workforce

Rendering plants require highly trained workers who use high-tech controls to operate high-temperature cookers, centrifuges and presses. Renderers have a high labor retention rate.

Lots of trucks

Lots of trucks

The rendering industry transports 44 billion pounds of products, mostly by truck. Renderers own and control some of the largest private trucking fleets in the country.

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