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How Biodiesel Is Made and Why You Should Use It

We’re always looking for new ways to waste less and recycle more in order to protect the environment. We as a nation have begun to embrace recycling paper, aluminum, and other materials. We’re even beginning to bring our own bags to use when we get groceries for the week instead of using plastic bags. No matter what you do, there is always something more you can do, no matter how small!

Another way you can help the environment is by considering biodiesel! You’ve probably heard about it in the news, but maybe you’re not sure what it is or why it’s so beneficial over regular petroleum. We’re here to tell you all about biodiesel, how it’s made, and why you should try to use it!

What Is Biodiesel?

Biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement resource. It’s made from a diverse mix of feedstocks, which include recycled cooking oil, soybean oil, and animal fats. It is also the first and only EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel in commercial-scale production nationwide and is the first to reach 1 billion gallons of annual production.  It’s produced in plants in nearly every state in the country, and because it meets such strict technical fuel quality and engine performance specifications, it can be used in existing diesel engines without modifications.

How Is Biodiesel Made?

Biodiesel is made through a chemical process called transesterification. During this process, the glycerin is separated from the fat or vegetable oil, leaving behind two different products: methyl esters (the chemical name for biodiesel) and glycerin, which is a valuable byproduct that is usually sold to be used in soaps and other products.

Why You Should Choose Biodiesel

Here are some great reasons why you should consider using biodiesel:

*It helps reduce our dependence on foreign petroleum.

*It helps create jobs here on our soil and contributes to our own society.

*It’s much better for the environment as it is made from renewable resources and has lower emissions compared to petroleum diesel.

*It’s less toxic than table salt and also biodegrades as fast as sugar.

Not sure where to find biodiesel? You can get it directly from biodiesel producers and marketers, petroleum distributors, and a handful of public retailers nationwide.

Want to contribute to the cause? Own a business? You’re in luck! Ace Grease Services collects your used cooking oil and grease so that it can be converted into biodiesel and other helpful products. Just call us at 1-800-473-2733 to get started!

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