BWW Awards Mahoney with Vendor Excellence


Press Release: Mahoney Environmental Recognized for Vendor Excellence 

Joliet, IL, March 17, 2016 – Mahoney Environmental, ( a leading recycler of cooking oil for over 60 years, announced today that it has received the “2015 Vendor of Excellence” award from Buffalo Wild Wings (BWW), a leading national restaurant chain with more than 1,000 locations in North America. This award was presented to John Mahoney (CEO), Rick Sabol (President), and Sonny Nuccio (National Account Manager) of Mahoney Environmental by Sally Smith (President and CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings) and Judy Shoulak (EVP and President of North America Buffalo Wild Wings) at the company’s annual convention in Orlando, Florida.

Each year, Buffalo Wild Wings names Vendors of Excellence, choosing Mahoney Environmental in 2015 for its strategic partnership in supporting BWW’s back-of-the-house operations. Mahoney Environmental currently serves Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants as their preferred vendor in used cooking oil collection and recycling, grease trap services, and grease reclamation equipment. Mahoney Environmental is the only vendor approved by BWW to supply grease reclamation equipment.

Rick Sabol, President of Mahoney Environmental states, “Often our service is behind the scenes and goes unnoticed, so this is a great honor for Mahoney. BWW valued the in-depth work required to design a cooking oil handling system. The equipment was designed for restaurant efficiency and safe oil handling for BWW employees. The system also incorporates oil filtration to maximize its value and keeps the oil warm to ease collection. Being recognized for our service, it makes us proud of what we do every day.”

“We value Mahoney Environmental’s sense of integrity, their equipment, and their ability to execute,” says Valerie Hogan, purchasing manager for Buffalo Wild Wings.

The BWW Vendor of Excellence awards are distributed each year at the company’s annual convention, held this year in Orlando, Florida. Winners are chosen by Buffalo Wild Wings based on feedback from headquarters and franchisees.

About Mahoney Environmental

Mahoney Environmental is a licensed EPA recycler and a leader in used cooking oil collection and recycling. They engineer the most reliable equipment to make back-of-the-house food service operations more efficient and provide the highest level of service. Mahoney Environmental also provides grease trap services to food service operators nationwide, servicing national and regional chains, as well as independent restaurants throughout the United States. Fresh oil programs in select markets are also available through Mahoney Environmental.

Since 1953, Mahoney Environmental has been recycling used cooking oil, grease trap material, and other waste products into materials that are sustainably transformed into products such as animal feed and alternative biofuels.

EPA’s New Final RFS Volumes – Impact on Rendering Biofuel Tax Credits Update

EPA’s New Final RFS Volumes – Impact on Rendering Biofuel Tax Credits Update – Written by Nancy Foster


EPA has announced final Renewable Fuel Standard volumes for biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuel over the next several years.  The final rule was made public on Tuesday.


EPA’s decision is a step in the right direction, although NRA had supported higher RFS levels to help continue growing significant demand for rendered fats and oils as feedstocks in biodiesel production.  (Rendering supplies about twenty percent of biodiesel feedstock.)  The agency increased the RFS by over 2 billion gallons from its original proposal over the four year period.


NRA’s Biofuels Chairman Doug Smith, Baker Commodities, sees continued future growth for biodiesel as a result of the new RFS levels despite opposition from the oil industry and others.


EPA’s decision culminated over three years of work by NRA and others in the biofuel sector to encourage EPA to increase RFS levels.  Thanks to many of you for your efforts.  NRA submitted regulatory comments twice to EPA, advocated on Capitol Hill during NRA’s Fly-Ins, directly lobbied Congress and coordinated closely with the National Biodiesel Board.


EPA’s final rule steadily increases the RFS for biomass-based diesel from 1.63 billion gallons in 2016 to 1.73 billion gallons in 2015, 1.9 billion gallons in 2016 and 2 billion gallons in 2017. These volumes are significantly higher than EPA’s original proposal of 1.28 billion gallons and also above the agency’s more recent reproposed levels.


The RFS for advanced biofuel is 2.67 billion gallons in 2014, 2.88 billion gallons in 2015 and 3.61 billion gallons in 2016.


Biofuel Tax Credits


Still unresolved is extension of the biodiesel tax credits that expired December 31 last year.  The Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees are now working on a tax package to hopefully reinstate these credits for one or more years.  Congress will soon adjourn for the holidays and negotiations are underway with the White House.  NRA supports making these biofuel tax credits permanent, or at least multi-year to provide some predictability.  At a minimum, NRA is encouraging Congress to restore these tax credits for 2015.


Best regards,



Source:  EPA, November 30, 2015

Note: Units for all volumes are ethanol-equivalent, except for biomass-based diesel volumes, which are expressed as physical gallons.

Preferred Oil’s Closed Loop System Creates Solution for Elmhurst Hospital

Hospital implements closed-loop oil recycling system.

Published in Healthcare Spotlight

Article courtesy of Food Service Director publication.

Dave Reeves
Director, Food & Nutrition

Jim Roth
Executive Chef

Location: Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare, Elmhurst, Ill.

Dave Reeves: We had an opportunity with building a new facility to explore some new options. We were brainstorming ideas and the closed oil system was one of the things Jim had mentioned. He had seen the system in operation in a casino he had been working in. I liked the idea because there would be virtually no cost involved because we could incorporate it into the design of the building.

It is a very clean system. We don’t have a Dumpster outside where we’re putting used oil, with the smell and mess associated with it. Preferred Oil is the company that designed the system.

The system works like this: A truck pulls up to the loading dock and the driver accesses a panel on the wall where a valve is located. He attaches a hose and pumps cooking oil through the valve into a 200-gallon tank located inside the building.

Our fryers are connected to the tank via tubes. When a cook needs to fill a fryer or replace oil, he or she simply takes a hose with a handle attached to the fryer, pushes the handle and allows oil to flow into the fryer. When oil is ready to be recycled, the cooks can access a panel in the front of the fryer, where, by turning a red lever, they allow oil to flow out of the fryer and into the waste oil bin located right inside the loading dock.

The oil company comes to the hospital and attaches a hose to another valve, also on the wall of the loading dock. The oil company driver opens the valve and the used oil flows into the truck to be taken for recycling.

Jim Roth: We are paying a commodity price for oil, but by recycling the oil we get a credit back. It’s more efficient and more economical. It reduces the chance of accidents that you can have with spilling oil, changing filters, etc. You don’t have employees carrying bottles of oil, and there are no cases of 35-gallon containers of oil sitting around taking up storage space. Another thing I like is that I can monitor my oil usage from my desktop.

For example, I can tell when oil is being recycled too soon and from which fryer. So I can talk to employees about their oil usage, keeping filters clean, etc. In the two years this has been in place, we’ve found we’re using less oil than before. We are using less than 200
gallons a month.

Mahoney Environmental Acquires Eco-Collections Services

Joliet, IL – May 21, 2015 – Mahoney Environmental, a leading recycler of cooking oil for over 60 years, announced that it has purchased Eco-Collections Services, an used cooking oil recycling company based out of Wilmington, North Carolina. The integration of Mahoney Environmental and Eco-Collections Services will better serve the needs of customers throughout North and South Carolina.

The May 01, 2015 acquisition of this recycling company is a strong fit into the Mahoney Environmental strategy to continue growth in services such as used cooking oil collection, recycling, and other back of the house food service needs. Through purchasing Eco-Collections, Mahoney Environmental will continue to expand these services nationwide and solidify its spot among the top licensed recyclers in the United States.

“This acquisition will bring significant volume to Mahoney and contribute to the efficiency of our new plant in Wendell, North Carolina. The two organizations have a similar service culture that will continue to be a focal point of our operations there,” states Rick Sabol, president of Mahoney Environmental. “Cameron Calhoun, owner of Eco-Collections Services, will join Mahoney as Market Area General Manager for the North Carolina / South Caroline market operation.”

“For over six years Eco-Collection Systems has provided used cooking oil recycling and removal services to the Carolinas. Our goal of exceeding our customer expectations is ongoing as we join Mahoney Environmental. I am thrilled to be a part of the Mahoney family,” said Cameron Calhoun, owner of Eco-Collection Services.


About Mahoney Environmental

Mahoney Environmental is a licensed EPA recycler and a leader in used cooking oil recycling. It provides grease trap services to food service operators nationwide, servicing national and regional chains, as well as independent restaurants throughout the United States. Mahoney also offers fresh oil programs and grease trap services in select markets.

Since 1953, Mahoney Environmental has been recycling used cooking oil, grease trap materials, and other waste products into materials that are used to manufacture new products such as alternative fuels and animal feed.

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Mahoney Environmental Names Sabol New President

Joliet, Illinois (September 19, 2013)  Mahoney Environmental®, a leading recycler of cooking oil for 60 years, has announced that Rick Sabol, formerly Vice President- Corporate Sales, has been named the company’s president, effective immediately.  John Mahoney, son of the company’s founder, will continue as the firm’s Chief Executive Officer.  In his new role, Sabol will be responsible for the day-to-day sales, operations and administration of the company.

“Rick is a consummate leader who understands our values, mission and goals,” said John Mahoney.  “He brings extensive experience in managing and growing business service organizations.  His capabilities will be instrumental in guiding us to achieve our business objectives and long term growth.”

“It’s a big step succeeding John Mahoney as president,” Sabol said.  “John has done an incredible job of transforming the company from a local to a regional and now to a national organization. By upgrading our business systems and developing an exceptional leadership team, John has provided Mahoney with the foundation we need to build upon our commitment to our customers. We are expanding to better serve customers nationwide, but our focus will remain on efficiently recycling used cooking oil, providing reliable service for our customers and maximizing the value of their oil.”

Sabol joined Mahoney Environmental in 2010 in the dual role of Vice President-Corporate Sales and Senior Vice President of Preferred Oil, a Mahoney subsidiary.  Before that he held a number of senior management positions at Tecta America Corporation, Shell Industrial Lubricants, Aramark and Service Master.


About Mahoney Environmental

Mahoney Environmental is a licensed EPA recycler and a leader in used cooking oil recycling as well as providing grease trap services to foodservice operators nationwide — from national and regional chains to independent restaurants throughout the United States. Mahoney also offers fresh oil programs to restaurants in select markets.

Since 1953, Mahoney Environmental has been recycling used cooking oil, grease trap material and other waste products into materials that can be used to manufacture new everyday products such as soap, animal feed and alternative fuels.


Soaring Grease Theft: How To Stop It

The numbers are staggering. Double the incidents of grease theft nationwide in the last decade alone. More than $39 million in lost revenue to firms being targeted. Over $3 million in damaged restaurant equipment due to the robberies. Though police and prosecutors are stepping up their efforts, they’re not nabbing many grease bandits, and convicting a mere fraction.

We all know what’s behind the yellow grease crime wave. An increase in demand for used cooking oil by-products like biofuel and animal feed that is driving up commodity prices four-fold. Those high costs per pound and per gallon, combined with easy techniques for transforming grease into cash, make for a flammable mix of need, greed, and opportunity.

So, short of riding shotgun in your alley at 2am every night, how do you prevent it?

Mahoney Environmental®, a leader in used cooking oil recycling for over 60 years, is coming up with some innovative answers. They’ve developed new sensor and locking equipment to help your business proactively prevent grease theft from occurring. They’re also at the forefront of crime-stopping procedures after a grease robbery through their Grease Theft Special Investigations Unit (SIU). It may sound like the stuff of TV drama but, as you know, it’s a reality show that’s playing out every day—right behind your back door.

Learn more about Mahoney grease theft deterrence

Mahoney in ‘Render Magazine’

Mahoney Environmental® is making headlines with the newly adopted theft prevention program. Render magazine interviewed Dan Gilbert, Mahoney’s Chief Investigator, for an in depth look at the world of Used Cooking Oil theft. Mahoney is now proactively fighting theft like never before.

Mahoney customers now have a chance to get in on the action. Call to find out how Mahoney rewards customers with cash for their efforts to help catch criminals.

Call Mahoney to get the breakdown of rewards.

REMEMBER: Never approach any suspicious individuals on your property, always call the police if you witness suspicious activity.