One Man’s Ambition

When Dylan Gehrken started GreaseCycle in 2009, it was just an oil and grease collection business. In 2013, Gehrken used a loan from our Natural Capital Investment Fund to expand his operations and construct a 1,750 square foot, full-service grease trap waste processing facility – the first of its kind in the rapidly growing Triangle region of North Carolina. The facility recycles grease trap waste into marketable brown grease, as well as refining used cooking oil collected from restaurants into higher value products.

Why This Project Matters

By providing a convenient and responsible means to address a stubborn waste issue, Dylan’s entrepreneurial efforts have created a solution to a critical environmental concern facing businesses and municipalities – preserving water quality. GreaseCycle has increased its staff to 14 full-time employees—with health benefits, 401K and paid time off.  And, restaurants are compensated for disposing of their waste responsibly.