Food Waste

Rendering is a large and integral part of the solution to reducing food waste.

Renderers are the original recyclers of animal leftovers that would otherwise be wasted. They also recycle used cooking oil (UCO) for reuse in new products. Both of which lead to reduced landfill waste.

The rendering industry supports recognition by federal and state governments of the importance of rendering’s contribution to reducing food waste and diverting it from landfills. The 2018 Farm Bill approved by the U.S. Congress does this by ensuring a level playing field so renderers have a fair market opportunity to secure animal leftovers and UCO for upcycling into valuable ingredients for new products.

Roughly 50% of an animal is considered inedible by Americans.

Rendering reclaims these tissues and transforms them into ingredients for countless products.

Recycling 99% of this unwanted meat and diverting it from landfills.

The North American Renderers Association (NARA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It does not discriminate in the terms and conditions of employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other factor prohibited by law.

As a participant in USDA programs, we share the commitment to comply with all federal, state and local civil rights laws and those of the USDA. More about this commitment is available on the USDA website page here.