Recycle Used Cooking Oil from Deep Fry Turkeys into Biodiesel

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Reno, NV – November 25, 2013 – Bently Biofuels and The Western Sustainability Pollution and Prevention Network (WSPPN), are teaming to provide collection sites around the region so that residents have an environmentally safe way to get rid of cooking oil used to deep fry their holiday turkeys and anything fried.  During the holiday season the two organizations are reaching out to the Reno/Tahoe, Carson Valley, and Carson City communities to encourage recycling of cooking oil used at homes throughout the region. Collection bins will be placed in various locations throughout the community from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.

The benefits of recycling used cooking oil are twofold: it diverts the oil from landfills where it generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas (GHG) with negative environmental impact; and also reduces the costly effects of fats, oils, grease (FOG) buildup in municipal sewer pipes. FOG is such a problem that many cities have policies and outreach programs in an attempt to eliminate it altogether.

This partnership is part of an ongoing collaboration for both organizations on the EPA Food Recovery Challenge, an Environmental Protection Agency initiative that asks participants to reduce as much of their food waste as possible – saving money, helping communities, and protecting the environment. Since Bently Biofuels recycles used cooking oil into biodiesel, they are natural partners for WSPPN on this venture.

Christopher Turbeville, Bently Biofuels Plant Manager said: “Making the community aware that they can recycle everything down to their cooking oil is vital to our mission. I couldn’t be more excited to partner with WSPPN on this project.”

Chris Lynch, Director of the Business Environmental Program at the University of Nevada, Reno where WSPPN is housed said, “The solutions to environmental challenges are going to come from creative, innovative and profit-motivated business leaders like Bently Biofuels.  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.”

To recycle your used cooking oil, simply allow it to cool and pour it into a leak-proof container. Be sure to remove any bones, food particles, and any other trash or contaminants. Then take the oil to a drop-off location near you. For locations refer to the Bently Biofuels Facebook page, carsonvalleynv.org and go to News, the Business Environmental Program website (http://www.unrbep.org) or call the grease collection hotline: 866.441.2884. Pour the used cooking oil into the clearly marked bins by Bently and take home or recycle your containers.

For a Deep Fry Turkey Recipe, visit the BEP website:  www.unrbep.org.