Each year, the rendering industry transports huge volumes of animal leftovers to plants in order produce rendered fats and proteins to be recycled into new products such as pet food. Renderers also collect billions of pounds of used cooking oil (UCO) from restaurants and food manufacturers for processing into products and sustainable fuels, like biodiesel.

Much of the huge volume of the material entering and leaving rendering plants is moved by truck but rail transportation is also important to the rendering industry. Finished rendered products are frequently railed across the U.S. and to shipping ports for export overseas.

The rendering industry supports a safe, efficient, and competitive transportation infrastructure. NRA seeks improvements to modernize and expand the nation’s surface transportation systems, including highways, roads, and ports. Our industry also urges Congress to increase the permitted maximum interstate weight limit for trucks to encourage movement of greater volume in a safe and manageable way.

Truck containing rendered products

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.