Those who drive diesel cars and like to do their part to save the planet and save some cash might be interested to hear about a company called Wight Made Bio Diesel.
They’ve been running a pilot project over the last year re-cycling used cooking oil into bio-diesel. If you’re scratching your noggin and saying “bio-what?”, bio-diesel is diesel-equivalent processed fuel, which contains vegetable oils or animal fats.
The fuel they create is environmentally friendly, producing little or no Carbon Dioxide or Suplhur Dioxide. In fact for every one tonne of Bio-Diesel used in place of ordinary diesel, three tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions are saved. Sounds pretty good to us.
After the initial pilot, Wight Made Bio Diesel are keen to expand but face the problem of getting hold of cooking oil in the quantities needed.
Most businesses (such as restaurants or pubs) are either charged to have it taken away or the naughty ones dispose of it unsafely. The good news is that Wight Made Bio Diesel are licensed both to collect the oil (which they do free of charge) and process it.
At the moment they produce about 700 litres per week of bio-diesel, which is mostly sold to a few IW based hauliers and is usually delivered to their premises.
What they are hoping be up and running in their new premises in Cowes by early March but, to be able to offer the sale of bio-diesel to private customers either from their site or by delivery, they need to massively increase the amount of used cooking oil that they collect.
If you run a business that generates lots of cooking oil and would like to do your bit for sustainability, then get in touch with the lads at Wight Made Bio Diesel by emailing them on wmbd(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk Don’t forget to keep a lid on the oil though, to avoid water diluting the oil and rendering it useless.[image courtesy of Treehugger]