The Greasy Goods On Green Gasoline

Extra grease from Atlanta restaurants fuels the city's growing biodiesel industry.
November 2, 2003, 5am PST | David Gest
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Del Bueno, an Atlanta musician and environmentalist, has a dream. He wants "to sell restaurant grease as a fuel for diesel engines." There's one big problem though: "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fines people who make biodiesel - up to $25,000 for each day they make it." Yet even with this setback, Bueno's vision is slowly being realized. The "movement to bridge the D-I-Y crowd with environmentally minded business people and rural politicians" has one backer willing "to supply [Bueno] with 2,500 gallons a week of used restaurant grease." He's also working with a lobbyist to pass laws requiring that diesel fuel contain biodiesel. Can a budding biodieseler beat the big businesses to a buck?

Thanks to David Gest

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Published on Thursday, October 30, 2003 in Creative Loafing Atlanta
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