If You’re Driving A Diesel Car Are You Really Doing Your Part To Help The Environment?

Biodiesel has become a popular fuel source for those interested in reducing greenhouse emissions and helping heal the damage already done to the planet. With the cost of Tesla vehicles not expected to immediately lower and hybrid cars considered to be as costly to the environment as traditional gas powered automobiles, it can be difficult for consumers to know how to do their part. Biodiesel is an alternative propellant that is produced from vegetable oils, animal fats, and waste cooking oils that can be converted into a fuel that is able to power a diesel engine.

Vegetable and animal fats are considered too costly to take the place of conventional combustion sources at this time. However, used cooking oils are an excellent and low cost alternative to the fossil fuels that are polluting our airways. Many restaurants throw their leftover grease in the trash, contributing to our over stuffed landfills. Some cafes and eateries will dump the viscous substance down the drain in their sinks, which leads to clogs that can be very expensive to repair.

Cutting edge companies that have recognized a need for easy disposal containers on site at restaurants, have begun making the transition from oil waste to fuel source a more appealing reality. Picking up the disposed substance, large trucks, powered by the same converted oil, take the dregs to a pretreatment plant. At the new location the waste is run through a sieve to remove any particles, then it undergoes a process of transesterification that renders it useful as a biodiesel.

This process which cleans, filters, and transforms the dirty waste product into a useable diesel alternative is creating a viable solution to lower vehicle emissions. Recycling used cooking oil was once considered to be a dirty and dramatic process that involved a great deal of work on the part of the consumer. Now, with a commitment to the environment, new companies are taking the dirty work out of the disposal of leftover frying grease.

With 3 billion gallons of used cooking oil polluting landfills and pipes, it is becoming a necessity for people to discover a realistic way to reuse the lubricant. As a non toxic and biodegradable fuel source, recycled tallow is a perfect way to lend your hand to care for the environment and lessen your carbon footprint. There are 198 biodiesel fueling stations in the United States. The cost fluctuates, but is less than a dollar more to use a source that benefits rather than harms the globe. With the universal demand for greener energy it is expected that biofuels will continue to gain in momentum and more restaurants will utilize a clean recycling solution for their used oils.

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