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Back when hunting was the primary way to get food, people made sure to use every piece of the animal — they didn’t experience disposal problems with waste materials. Animal bones were turned into tools, hides into clothing and fat into cooking ingredients. The same efficient approach can apply to today’s processing methods for food production with animal rendering services.

The North American Renderers Association (NARA) found that about 50% of an animal is considered inedible — but that doesn’t mean unusable. Rendering is a way to reuse those parts of the animal typically considered waste materials. The rendering process allows people to turn animal by-products into valuable commodities, such as fuel, personal care products, animal feed and fertilizer. It even has significant benefits for converting wastewater into water and minimizing your carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.

We offer animal rendering services at Baker Commodities to help our customers make the most of their animal by-products.

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What Is Animal Rendering?

Rendering is recycling waste products, such as grease, hides and animal tissue such as fat, to create new commodities. For instance, the rendering industry can make rendered beef fat into oleic acid, stearic acid, glycerin or linoleic acid, as well as animal feed, biofuel and soap.

Animal rendering plants don’t use one set process. However, many of these materials are ground up and separated into fats and proteins, which are then purified or shaped according to the finished product’s needs.

Some of the animal tissue and waste products that we can work with include:

  • Fats. Processed in many different ways, such as rendering tallow or grease, for a wide range of products
  • Hides. Often cleaned and used for clothing
  • Blood. Typically dried, separated or turned into meal and used for added nutrition in animal food or fertilizers
  • Feathers. Frequently turned into meal for animal food and fertilizers
  • Organ meat. Ground up and used in various food sources

If your work processes include disposal problems with any of these items, Baker Commodities can take the waste off your hands and turn it into new goods, helping the environment and economy. One popular version of this is our grease management services, where we take and render used cooking oil — which often starts out as animal fat.

From those ingredients, animal rendering plants such as ours can provide materials for the production of:

  • Animal feed.
  • Fertilizer.
  • Biofuel.
  • Pet food.
  • Textiles.
  • Personal care products.
  • Cleansers and soap.
  • Various chemical products, such as paint, solvents and explosives.
  • Rubber.

What Are the Benefits of Animal Rendering?

Animal rendering services offer a range of benefits for the environment, the economy and individuals:

  • Water reclamation: NARA asserts that 3.7 billion gallons of water that would otherwise be considered contaminated wastewater are reclaimed and returned to rivers and streams.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions: Animal rendering services create fewer greenhouse gases, sequestering five times as many greenhouse gases as they produce. Animal rendering has the same effect on emissions as removing over 12 million cars from the road. Plus, biodiesel and renewable diesel fuels generate much lower carbon emissions lowering your carbon footprint.
  • Landfill waste: Within the U.S. and Canada, renderers collect 62 billion pounds of raw materials a year. If all of that renderable material went to a landfill, it would use up the available space in just four years.

As for economic benefits, the rendering industry is very stable and generates value from otherwise waste materials. It even supports food security and job creation.

Animal Rendering Services From Baker Commodities

At Baker Commodities, we offer a wide range of animal rendering services to help you get more value from your products and positively impact the environment — all without a complicated process on your end. We can provide everything from pickup and collection services to the sale of products created by the rendering process.

We’re carbon negative and have been an industry leader since 1937. To learn more about our rendering services, reach out to a representative today and view our locations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is rendering sustainable?

  • Rendering is sustainable because it recycles unutilized animal products into new, sustainable products. It takes materials that would otherwise be wasted and repurposes them. Approximately 50% of an animal’s body is deemed inedible, but the rendering process turns animal by-products into valuable commodities.

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Is composting bad?

  • Many people believe composting is the best alternative to landfills, but it is quite similar to landfills, and it can harm the environment. The composting process is almost the same as sending waste to the landfill because it leaves organic materials to decompose, which releases greenhouse gases into the environment.

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When is National Rendering Day?

  • April 21st is National Rendering Day.
    • National Rendering Day celebrates the work of rendering plants and the people who work there. It also raises awareness of the critical role that rendering plays in our lives and the impact that food waste has on our environment.

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