The U-M Recycling "Green of the Week" is back again for the 7th edition of our weekly blog segment! If this is your first time on our blog, be sure to take a look at some of our previous posts, and as always let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week's "green" news is related to a previous post (http://mrecycle.blogspot.com/2012/07/green-of-week-4th-edition.html), which followed an international NGO, Caritas Switzerland, and its business in the conversion of mass amounts of cooking oil into biodiesel fuel. This week's focus is very similar, but domestically located on the East coast, in NJ. The company, Grease Lightning, based in Newark, NJ, buys used cooking oil at as much as 50 cents per gallon, and takes in about 7 million gallons per year. The benefits? Biodiesel has its use in automobiles and Greg Reinert, a spokesman for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, says that biodiesel may be part of the state's Energy Master Plan in the future. While the previous article, in its international perspective, focused on the issues with dumping used cooking oil, including potential health and environmental risks, the focus on the NJ company seems to be more garnered toward the potential energy benefits and the future conjunction between eateries and fuel companies. The article jokingly added that, "as long as there’s a mass appetite for doughnuts and fries, grease is a renewable energy source that’s in constant supply".
^The grease in its untreated state and then filtered fuel state
With fossil fuels being a constant hot topic in the environmental world, it is refreshing to see the research and execution of alternative fuel methods that reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Recycling also means reducing and reusing, so this company is definitely worthy of a Green of the Week spotlight in our book.
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