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Ace Grease Is Fighting Back Against Grease Thieves

A dark alley filled with trash dumpsters and bins for used cooking oil - it’s the last place one would expect thieves to steal something of significant value, but it isn’t. Grease theft is on the rise. The hunt for sustainable fuels to end dependency for U.S. energy has turned this yellow liquid from useless to extremely valuable, not to mention profitable.

When grease is stolen, it financially hurts both the business owner and the recycling agency that is contracted to collect it. In fact, it’s estimated that $40 million is lost in revenue each year due to oil theft.

“Grease theft is a huge problem that we battle daily. It results in lost revenue and damaged containers,” states Mike Kostelac, President of Ace Grease, an oil collection company located in the St. Louis area. “We’re taking a proactive stance when confronting this problem, from upgrading our collection systems to working with the local police force to help catch these guys.”

Ace Grease has started using theft deterrent containers with state-of-the-art locking and monitoring systems. The company is taking it another step further by educating business owners on how to recognize telltale signs of grease thieves, who oftentimes go unnoticed because they don uniforms and claim to be contractors.

“We also work closely with law enforcement agencies, informing them of the value of grease and keeping them up-to-date with intelligence bulletins,” said Kostelac. “We have private investigators on staff and offer rewards for tips to catch grease thieves.”
The company goes so far as to donate $500 to Backstoppers and give $500 any customer if an oil theft conviction is made at their location.

Kostelac warns against approaching a grease thief and to contact your local law enforcement agency instead.

Ace Grease Service, Inc. is a grease collection company that has been family-owned and operated for more than 20 years and provides service to ten states in the Midwest.

Learn more about Ace Grease Service by calling 1-800-473-2733 or visit www.acegrease.com.

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