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Local Biodiesel Fuels Elon Buses; ABSS’ May Be Next

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by Jessica Williams (The Times News)  ‘The biodiesel that they’re using now is hyperlocal. That’s a very important word. Aramark, Biscuitville, Lowes Foods — you can see it in their marketing. They want to bring everything back to the local economy. It’s a trend that I do not see going away. It’s the only way we’re going to get out of this economic malaise.’

One man’s trash is another man’s diesel fuel.

Dean Price, co-owner of Green Circle NC and its program “Biodiesel 4 Schools,” paid a visit to Elon University on Thursday morning to oversee the first delivery of biodiesel fuel made from Alamance County restaurants’ used cooking oil.

“The biodiesel that Elon University has been using has been coming from the port in Wilmington, which comes from Argentina. It has no economic benefit to the community,” Price said. “The biodiesel that they’re using now is hyperlocal. That’s a very important word. Aramark, Biscuitville, Lowes Foods — you can see it in their marketing. They want to bring everything back to the local economy. It’s a trend that I do not see going away. It’s the only way we’re going to get out of this economic malaise.”

A portion of the proceeds from the sale is then awarded to local public schools — about 25 cents per gallon sold.

The roughly 100 Lowes Foods stores that have already signed on with the program generate 18,000 gallons of biodiesel fuel per quarter — $18,000 per year for schools.

Eventually, the hope is that local farmers will grow canola to be sold to restaurants as cooking oil that will then be made into biodiesel, thereby boosting the local economy, but that’s an advanced step in the process and one that Price knows will take time.  READ MORE

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