Bently Biofuels has been recycling restaurant cooking grease for eight years, but for the first time the Minden firm is collecting cooking grease from residents who deep fry holiday turkeys.
The Western Sustainability Pollution and Prevention Network is teaming up with Bently, according to Network spokeswoman Donna Walden.
“This is the first time it’s being offered to residents,” she said. “It’s about building awareness so people don’t put used cooking oil down the drain,” she said. “Converting it to biodiesel also reduces greenhouse gas emissions.”
A collection bin will be at the Douglas County Transfer Station from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve.
Walden said that used cooking oil that goes into landfills generates methane, a greenhouse gas.
Oil that goes down the drain builds up in sewer pipes to the point where many districts have banned the oil.
The project is a collaboration on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Challenge, which asks participants to reduce as much of their food waste as possible.
“Making the community aware that they can recycle everything down to their cooking oil is vital to our mission,” Bently Biofuels Plant Manager Christopher Turbeville said. “I couldn’t be more excited to partner with WSPPN on this project.”
To recycle used cooking oil, allow it to cool and pour it into a leak-proof container.
“The solutions to environmental challenges are going to come from creative, innovative and profit-motivated business leaders like Bently Biofuels,” said University of Nevada, Reno, Director of the Business Environmental Program Chris Lynch. “We are excited to partner with Bently — turning used frying oil into biodiesel to power our local car and trucks instead of dumping it down the drain or sending it to the landfill is a great gift to the environment during the holidays.”
Bently Biofuels has been recycling used restaurant cooking oil into diesel fuel since 2005.
As of January, the equivalent of 820 cars being taken off the road thanks to its efforts, the company reported.