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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Dude ... your car smells like French Fries.

Recent media brought to my attention some small, but important efforts to help slow the dumping of used cooking oil into our landfills. The first came from a group of Ohio high school students that were collecting the used cooking oil from the local schools for the purpose of converting it to a fuel that would be used in two school buses. Their efforts could end up saving the school tens of thousands of dollars in fuel for the buses and disposal of waste cooking oil. Lots of people in their school district watching them closely.

Another effort was closer to home. Irving, Texas was advertising on local television stations that they would come and collect the used oil from your Thanksgiving turkey fry if you just give them a call. It caught my attention first because they showed a shower stall and told us not to dump that used oil down the drain. Gads ... who would dare send that stuff down the pipes? Sounds like a disaster just waiting to happen!! The clog from hell! I haven't contacted the City of Irving on their collection efforts, but I have a feeling that they are using the oil in the same way that the high school kids in Ohio are proposing ...doing some experiments in alternative energy supplies for the city vehicles. I'll find out more.

It's great to see more efforts towards new energy sources plus helping our ongoing waste problems. I did find one tidbit interesting in the Ohio high school article. The amount of oil available to them had decreased due to a healthier diet set up in the schools cafeterias. They will have to look to local food establishments to supplement their experiment. Nice to see small moves toward healthier living!!

If you got a load of cooking oil that you need to dispose of, look to your towns website or a local group or individual that is collecting oil for fuel purposes.

Today's turkey ... Tomorrow's fuel.

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