The Anchorage Daily News reports Alaska Waste unveiled a new $3 million biodiesel plant in South Anchorage Thursday. The plant is collecting waste fryer oil from 240 local restaurants, groceries, hotels and hospitals from Girdwood to Wasilla.
The plant began churning out its first batches of biodiesel last week. The fuel is being tested in the company's truck fleet,
Chief operating officer Jeff Riley said the company wants to reduce air pollution and keep grease out of the landfill.
Before the company began producing biodiesel, most of the grease goo produced in area was barged to the Lower 48 states to be converted for other uses, or was tossed into local trash bins and landfills.
Will Taygan, a Peters Creek resident who owns Arctic Vegeworks, said some biodiesel home brewers were initially worried that the supply of oil in town would be drained.
But he said the company "has targeted more large-scale waste-oil producers," and home brewers still have a more than adequate supply from smaller restaurants.
19th June 2010