What is Rendering?
Short Answer: Rendering is Recycling
Roughly 50% of an animal is considered inedible by Americans. Rendering reclaims this meat, bone and fat and transforms it into ingredients for countless products-Recycling 99% of this unwanted meat.
So, rendering is really the “Original Recycling” – but instead of recycling water bottles into plastic fibers, or steel cans into car parts; rendering recycles unutilized meat, fat and bone into things like nutritious pet food and biofuels.
Instead of wasting these leftovers through other disposal methods, renderers recycle the materials into 19 billion pounds of fat, oil and protein products.
By reclaiming otherwise discarded meat and poultry leftovers, renderers make our food production footprint smaller.
According to a 2020 report, more than 62 billion pounds of renderable raw materials are produced in the U.S. and Canada each year from farms, feedlots and slaughter facilities for cattle, hogs, sheep, chickens and turkey.
From that approximately 16 million tons of rendered products are produced annually. That’s 16 million tons of reduced food waste that would have been sent to landfills if not upcycled into new ingredients for biofuels, pet foods, and other products.