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Buses hum with recycled cooking oil

Cedar Crest first to use biodiesel

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July 14th, 2009

As long as french fries are in the kitchen at Cedar Crest, campus buses will never be runnin on empty. That s because the used cooking oil from fryers in Cedar Crest s five restaurant kitchens will be recycled and turned into fuel, thanks to a state-of-the-art biodiesel treatment plant that was unveiled early last month at the Pompton Plains community. It truly is a special day for all of us, said Cedar Crest Executive Director Cathy Guttman. It shows the community our commitment and responsibility to make the world a better place to live. Nearly 100 residents, staff members, local officials, and media representatives attended for the ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil one of the three on-campus buses that will utilize the refurbished fuel. I just think it s wonderful, said Doris Meyer, and the best part is that we re saving money a big issue these days. Guttman praised staffers and resident Bill Sperry, a retired chemical engineer, who accepted the challenge and made Cedar Crest the first Erickson community to use biodiesel fuel. The cooking oil will be processed and treated and then pumped directly into the buses that run on diesel and have 50-gallon tanks. Not only will the new fuel boost vehicle mileage from 6 7 miles per gallon to 11 12 miles per gallon, but it will also eliminate the need to haul the used oil off campus for disposal. The team work is an excellent example of our corporate mission to share our gifts for the benefit of others, Guttman said. With this new system, we will reduce pollution and do our part to create a change in our collective carbon footprint.