WARRENVILLE, SC (WJBF) – Thanksgiving is fast approaching and the folks at Green Energy Biofuel want to make sure that you are using your used cooking oil wisely.
“You would be surprised how many people pour their cooking oil in the garden. This creates a huge environmental problem because this oil does not get into the soil and go away, it actually floats on the surface of the soil and every time it rains it gives a coating to the ground where the animals cannot survive. It kills plants and wildlife, ”said“ Bio Joe ”Renwick, the“ leader ”of Green Energy Biofuel.
Green Energy Biofuel began about 14 years ago by converting cooking oil into biodiesel for vehicles. They serve the entire central Atlantic and have four sites serving thousands of restaurants and catering businesses that generate large volumes of fats, oils and greases that need to be recycled and given a second life.
“What you buy in a store is obviously clear. It’s nice. It is pure oil. At the end of the day, a lot of what we do is just refine that oil back to where it started, and then from there we can sell that biofuel to the biofuel industry for that. other companies turn it into biodiesel because what we create is 80% of what is needed to make a gallon of biodiesel. It can power any diesel vehicle without any modification and reduce emissions from each of those vehicles, ”Joe said.
“You take oil here, dirty oil and turn it into clean oil, about how much do you make per day?” “
“Well, we can produce 200,000 gallons per day, about 52.2 million gallons per year, which we recycle in our plant,” said Taylor Strickland, industrial sales and marketing manager.
If you’re looking to get rid of your cooking oil, it’s not difficult. Just go to their website and find your local recycling center. They also have drop-off points in all of their home branches.
“What you want to do is put your oil back into the container it came in after cooling. You don’t want to melt the container with hot oil. So you pour it in here and then just head over to one of our recycling bins. You will find them in recycling centers, but also in front of our factory, then you just have to pour the grease, ”said Strickland.
“Do I need to let someone know I’m doing this?” “
“No. You can just go straight to the recycling centers, like anywhere, but you want to make sure it’s just cooking oil. You don’t want to put motor oil in here. . It contaminates it. This is for cooking oil only, “Strickland said.
Green Energy Biofuel is doing what it can to help the environment. So if you don’t know what to do with that old cooking oil this holiday season, they’ve got you covered.
“Please don’t get rid of your oil. Please use it and let us give it a second life. Let us help you protect the environment. Let us help you be sustainable and do the right thing with your oil and recycle it, ”Joe said.
The folks at Green Energy Biofuel were more than happy to walk us through the process of what happens when the oil comes in, and what happens while it’s there:
Before our departure, Green Energy Biofuel gave us another demonstration. They demonstrated how and how not to fry a turkey. The local fire department was on the scene to make sure everything was safe: