Restaurant grease is highly prized, because it can be used to create biofuel. Businesses that used to charge to pick up grease sometimes now pay for it instead – if it’s still there and hasn’t been stolen by grease rustlers, that is.
“You can pull in and drive off in five minutes. It can be $500 a night, $2,500 a week,” said Carrillo-Miranda, 37, a beefy man in a black T-shirt and jean shorts. “Even if your truck gets impounded, that’s $500. You’re still ahead $2,000 for the week.”
Interestingly, many legit grease haulers say they got started by stealing grease. There is a technology war going on too. Storage barrels are getting harder to break into, locks are stronger, and video cameras can record thefts.