- This Thanksgiving, many biodiesel producers are prepping for the
holiday surge in used cooking oil. National Biodiesel Board (NBB) members —
such as Newport Biodiesel in Rhode Island, New Leaf Biofuel in San Diego and
American GreenFuels in Connecticut — harvest and recycle used cooking oil into
biodiesel and renewable diesel, helping to keep food costs down while lowering
people will dine out on Thanksgiving while others choose to fry their turkey.
Either of those options can support the clean fuels industry. NBB members are
leaders in the circular economy, many of whom rely on local restaurants for their
feedstock supply. These companies collect used cooking oil from area
restaurants and recycle it to produce to high-quality biodiesel, which they
sell to local businesses, governments, fleets and even use themselves. They’re
keeping a waste product out of landfills and helping restaurants keep prices
down by finding a second use for their waste product.
when biodiesel is produced from soybean oil it helps keep the price of soy
protein meal — which is 80% of the bean and used in livestock feed
— affordable. This in turn helps keep prices for meat, eggs and dairy more
affordable than they would be if there was no market for the surplus oil
— the remaining 20% of the bean.
Biodiesel collects waste vegetable oil from over 5,000 kitchens throughout the
New England and Tri-state areas," Newport Biodiesel President Blake Banky
said. "This feedstock is processed into biodiesel in Newport Rhode Island,
after which it is sold back into the region, thereby closing the sustainability
loop. Our restaurant partners will be generating extra quantities of
valuable waste streams during the Thanksgiving holiday and Newport Biodiesel
will be there to collect them.”
the country in San Diego, New Leaf Biofuel is another company that collects
used cooking oil from local restaurants and uses it to make high-quality
biodiesel fuel that reduces carbon emissions and improves air quality.
made from used cooking oil is especially good for the environment,” said
Jennifer Case, founder and CEO of New Leaf Biofuel. “It can significantly
reduce carbon emissions compared to petroleum diesel. It can be used in
virtually any diesel engine up to 20% and it can also be blended with renewable
diesel up to 20%, which allows for a complete drop-in replacement for petroleum
GreenFuels biodiesel is a renewable, cleaner-burning diesel replacement that
reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Located in New Haven, American GreenFuels is
the largest biodiesel producer in both the Northeast and along the eastern
seaboard of the United States. The company converts used cooking oil, which is
sources from Connecticut and the surrounding states.
to Raf Aviner, president of Kolmar Americas, Inc., American GreenFuels parent
company, “Using used cooking oil helps enable our plant to be sustainable.
Biodiesel is renewable and used cooking oil helps complete the cycle of turning
what was once a waste product into a renewable fuel.”
is currently engaged in an awareness
campaign called “You Are What You Heat” which is designed to educate people
about the benefits of using biodiesel in home heating systems, buildings,
diesel equipment and trucks.
is playing an important role in our nation’s decarbonization efforts, reducing
lifecycle greenhouse gases by an average of 74% -- and oftentimes more
depending on what is used to make the fuel," explained Matt Herman, NBB’s
director of environmental science. “Today, tomorrow, and long into the future,
biodiesel and renewable diesel will continue to do their part in reducing
emissions, improving air quality and protecting public health.”
from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil,
soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel and renewable diesel are better, cleaner
fuels that are available now for use in existing diesel engines without
modification. NBB is the U.S. trade association representing the entire
biodiesel and renewable diesel value chain, including producers, feedstock
suppliers and fuel distributors.
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request. For more about biodiesel, visit www.biodiesel.org.