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California Department of Food and Agriculture

Inedible Kitchen Grease Program


Since the mid 1990s Inedible Kitchen Grease (IKG) has grown to become a valuable commodity in California commerce.  Once IKG is processed through licensed renderers, it is then used in a vast array of consumer products.  IKG is transformed into a bulk commodity called yellow grease and is then sold to the agricultural, bio-fuel, and commercial industries.  The agricultural industry transforms it into feed for the livestock, poultry and pet food industry; the bio-fuel industry manufacturers it into bio-diesel and other fuel components reducing California's dependence on the petroleum industry; and the commercial industry manufactures the refined product into soaps, cosmetics, shampoos, and other products.

MPES has responsibility for regulating IKG transport in California.  The Inedible Kitchen Grease Program (IKGP) was established in 1995 due to great amount of theft of IKG beginning in the early '90s.  The IKGP mission is to stop the theft of IKG and related damage to IKG containers through investigations and cooperation with local law enforcement and local district attorneys.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS


  • Q. How is the IKGP funded?

  • A. The IKGP is funded by fees paid annually by renderers, collection centers and transporters of IKG.  Current fees are set at $3,000 per renderer, $1,500 per collection center, $300 per vehicle for commercial transporters, and $75 per vehicle for personal transporters.


  • Q. What operations are regulated by the IKGP?

  • A. The following operations:
    • 1. 46 Renderers
      • a. 18 renderers (traditional - render carcasses,
        packinghouse waste, fish and IKG)
      • b. 28 IKG renderers
    • 2. 53 Collection Centers
    • 3. 388 IKG Transporters
      • a. 341 commercial
      • b. 47 personal (for own use - not allowed to sell, barter or
        trade IKG, can only have one vehicle and no more than 165 gallons of IKG)
  • Q. Is it legal to transport IKG without being registered by the CDFA/MPESB?

  • A. It is unlawful for any person to engage in the transportation of IKG without being registered with the CDFA/MPESB and without being in possession of a valid registration certificate issued by the CDFA/MPESB.

  • Q. Is it legal for a licensed renderer, licensed collection center or registered IKG transport to accept IKG from an unregistered IKG transporter?

  • A. A licensed renderer, licensed collection center, registered transporter, or any other person may NOT take possession of IKG from an unregistered transporter or knowingly take possession of stolen IKG.

  • Q. What is the penalty for unlawful IKG activity?

  • A. The Department may issue civil penalties and/or suspend, revoke or deny renewal of a registration certificate or license.  Additionally, violators may be subject to criminal fines and/or imprisonment in County jail or State prison at any time it has been determined that any of the following has occurred:
    • 1. The registrant has sold or offered for sale to an unlicensed person or entity, any inedible kitchen grease.
    • 2. The registrant has stolen, misappropriated, contaminated, or damaged inedible kitchen grease or containers thereof.
    • 3. The registrant has taken possession of inedible kitchen grease from an unregistered transporter or has knowingly taken possession of inedible kitchen grease that has been stolen.
    • 4. The registrant or licensee has been found to have engaged in, or aided and abetted another person or entity in the commission of, any violation of a statute, regulation, or order, relating to the transportation or disposal of inedible kitchen grease, including a violation of the federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. Sec. 1251 et seq.), the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act (Chapter 1.5 (commencing with Section 13020) of Division 7 of the Water Code), Section 5650 of the Fish and Game Code, commercial vehicle weight limits, or commercial vehicle hours of service.
    • 5. "Registrant" includes any business entity, trustee, officer, director, partner, person or other entity holding more than 5 percent equity, ownership, or debt liability in the registered entity engaged in the transportation of inedible kitchen grease.

Any person who is found guilty of violating the rules and regulations of the Inedible Kitchen Grease Program is subject to imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year, or a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or both imprisonment and fine.  If the conviction is a second or subsequent conviction of a violation or the violation is committed with intent to defraud or mislead, the person is subject to imprisonment in the state prison, or a fine of not more than fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000), or both imprisonment and fine.


IKG Theft

picture of man stealing kitchen grease

Actual Grease Theft Recording.

This is an actual video recording of inedible kitchen grease theft from a Northern California restaurantís used grease vat. (02:27)