If you have ever been to a county fair, undoubtedly you have partaken in some form of “deep-fried everything” from funnel cake to oreos to pickles. Deep fryers are an ever present aspect of such American summer pastimes all over Florida and nation-wide.
This brings up a big question: what do the vendors do with all that used grease and used cooking oil after the festivities are finished?
All of the countless fried-food vendors have to clean out their deep fryers in a timely manner before the grease/used cooking oil breaks down. Vendors need to change the cooking oil about every three days or more if the deep-fryer is especially busy.
Green Star Biodeisel is equipped to collect this used cooking oil in a safe manner and ecologically haul it away for further refinement from all of the food facilities.
The used cooking oil recycling facility turns all of the deep-fryer waste into yellow grease. After this process they can turn it into alternative byproducts like animal feed additives and clean-burning biodiesel.
The biodiesel and feedstocks made from used vegetable oils, animal fats and oils from other sources such as algae are helping to reduce the environmental impact of gasoline-usage that has become exorbitantly expensive and environmentally taxing. Green Star Biodiesel is a recycled used cooking oil company that aids in this effort to facilitate sustainable and scalable feedstocks and help keep our environment clean.
Furthermore, new research and efforts have shown that used cooking oil has the potential to be implemented as a fuel for school and shipping truck fleets and eventually as a jet fuel. Although at present, jet biofuel production is technically feasible, it is very expensive. Regardless, there is ongoing research in this specific field to advocate yet another application for used cooking oil.
A breaking news story out of the United Arab Emirates showed data from an experiment where waste cooking oil from UAE McDonald’s restaurants was used to produce enough biofuel to power a vehicle to travel 5 million km. Considering the global growth rate of renewable energy and the suitability of solar power just here in the greater Florida region and across the U.S., this is an indicator that significant changes in the reliance on fossil fuels for energy will be visible very soon. It is a very positive shift in the global perspective on sustainability, recycling and reducing the carbon footprint, one country at a time.
According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, biodiesel could lower greenhouse gas emissions by 52% when compared to petroleum diesel. Additionally, as fossil fuels grow in cost, and the price of renewable energy continues to fall, those sustainability goals that may once have seemed outlandish will move closer and closer towards becoming a reality. The conversion of used cooking oil from fast food stores, restaurants, fair vendors and canteens provide a unique way to reduce our waste stream locally and globally thus reducing waste and minimizing our environmental impact.