What Happens to Cooking Oil from Giant Arenas that Host Events Like the Super Bowl?

Super Bowl fans and fried food. A match made in sports heaven. But what happens to all that oil used for cooking all that delicious fried chicken, tater tots, and French fries? Large stadium venues can have as many as 70 to 100 fryers that each can hold up to 90 pounds of cooking oil. That’s a LOT of oil that’s disposed of at the end of the day.

There’s a company that removes it safely and recycles it for biodiesel fuel.

Since its inception, Filta has saved nearly a billion pounds of oil across its thousands of clients in commercial kitchens, including in large sporting venues. While your city may not be hosting the Super Bowl this year, there’s a good chance your local NFL stadium does use Filta and is keeping a close eye on sustainability efforts by recycling its cooking oil.

Mercedes-Benz in Atlanta did in 2019 and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution covered the eco-benefits the stadium realized around the time of the Super Bowl. In fact, in just eight months preceding that event (from January to August 2018 and that wasn’t even NFL season), by using Filta, Mercedes-Benz saved nearly 2,000 pounds of packaging, reduced greenhouse gasses by nearly 38,000 pounds, 2,800+ pounds of fertilizer and pesticides reduced – which is like planting nearly 2,000 trees.

The Super Bowl hype is real and so is the need to get these gigantic, 90-pound fryers in top shape for the big game. But it’s critical all year long and not in just NFL venues, but also where NCAA, MLB, and NHL teams compete. And Filta is there working in such venues as NCAA champ University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium, Soldier Field where the Bears play in Chicago, UBS Arena where the NY Islanders play, Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, and many others.

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