Environmental programs and economic concerns have increased the interest in alternative sources of fuel. Biodiesel is a great way to improve the nation’s environment and economy. The fuel is a biodegradable product that provides significant benefits whether used individually or in combination with petroleum-based diesel fuels.
Biodiesel has a lower impact on the environment because it consists of renewable resources. The product has minor traces of sulfur and nearly 80 percent less carbon emissions than conventional diesel fuels when used alone. The fuel lowers the level of dangerous toxins released into the air, such as carbon dioxide, particulate matter and unburned hydrocarbons, when mixed with petroleum-based diesel products.
The U.S. government mandated that petroleum-based diesel fuels have lower sulfur content. Decreasing environmental pollutants has an overall health benefit for society because it reduces exposure to harmful chemicals, which can cause or worsen medical condition, such as respiratory ailments and cancer. Recycling yellow grease to produce biofuel reduces the burden on disposal sites as well.