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Some drivers filled up with free diesel biofuel Friday

Reported by Laura Sinacori - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Some drivers got to feed their diesel cars and trucks for free Friday as they pulled up to a pump on Kerr Avenue and filled up on a new biofuel.

"I think it's wonderful for those who can't make it themselves, they can come and use vegetable oil instead of dinosaur oil," said Phil Burton.

"From what I've read and what I understand it burns cleaner and is better for your engine," said Harvey Apple.

Bio fuel is different from traditional diesel gasoline because it is made from things like vegetable oil or fryer grease.  For restaurant owners, it's a win-win situation.

Each week Eco-Collection Systems goes to restaurants to collect grease out of fryers, which eventually turns this peanut oil into usable biofuel.  They pay the restaurant from 20-50 cents per gallon of grease they collect.

"It's really is nice to be able to offer that and if more restaurants did it, it's just another way we can all help the environment," said Faith Savage from Chick-fil-A.

"It gives us the ability to take care of restaurant owners problems by providing a renewable energy solution that gives us an independent energy," said Cameron Calhon with Eco-Collection Systems.

Eco-Collection Systems doesn't convert it alone.  They collect the oil, Triangle Biofuels produces it, and Cape Fear Biofuels sells it to the public and back to Eco-Collection Systems - creating a circle of business, that cuts down on unwanted emissions polluting the air.

The new pump at Eco-Collection Systems is located at 3121 Kerr Ave.  It is not open to the public. Only members of Cape Fear Biofuel can use the pump.  For more information about how to become a member visit, www.capefearbiofuels.com.

The only other biofuel pump available in the area is Ted's Exxon on Wrightsville and College. It is B20, which means it only contains 20 percent biofuel and 80 percent petroleum.  It is open to the public.

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