South Carolina's Southern Fried Fuel

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photo: Sara Novak

Down here in South Carolina we're known for our southern fried chicken, but what about our southern fried fuel? In a move that could have a big time impact on the way Carolina views the deep fat fryer, city council officials are calling on local restaurants and residents to donate their cooking oil to be turned into biofuel to run the city's garbage trucks. Right now it's just a test run on one of the city's trucks, but if it's successful, it could make a dent in the city's garbage pickup carbon footprint. Columbia, S.C. residents and restaurants are being encouraged to drop off their used cooking oil to be converted to biofuel to fuel the city's garbage trucks. According to a report in The State, Midlands Biofuels, will then collect the cooking oil weekly and convert it into biofuel, which will be used to power one of Columbia's garbage trucks. It's a test run to see how well the project works.

"We hope that this is not one truck but many trucks to come forward," says City Councilman Daniel Rickenmann.

The bio diesel fuel gets around the same millage as regular diesel fuel and takes about 2 days to convert once the cooking oil has been collected. And it takes no modifications to Columbia's trucks, according to Midlands Biofuels.

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