BIOFUEL PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Perry’s WVO Program is a citywide effort by the City of Perry to create a waste vegetable oil (WVO) recovery program that diverts Fats, Oils & Grease (FOG) out of the trash, away from the sewer and eventually into the City’s diesel powered fleet.
To make this happen, the Perry Public Works Department has established a Waste Oil Station located at the Perry Vehicle and Fleet Maintenance Facility at 1000 Tucker Road to handle all waste vegetable oil material from commercial establishments and residents in the City. This waste oil will be screened, filtered and processed to be used as fuel for the City’s diesel powered equipment (tractors, mowers etc.), turning trash into fuel.
The Perry WVO Program has three important objectives:
How it works for Food Service and Other Commercial Establishments
1. Perry’s WVO staff collects oil from the business
How it works for City residents
Know your veggie oil from your grease
What is vegetable oil? Vegetable oil is usually the cooking oil you purchase at a retail store. It’s a domestically produced renewable resource, and can be made from a variety of seeds and plants such as soybean, corn, canola, and sunflower, to name the most common. It’s used in large quantities by many restaurants for cooking, and when used to fry food, much of it can be recovered and reused to make other products such as fuel for vehicles.
What’s the difference between high and low quality used cooking oils and compost?Vegetable oil is used for cooking and frying. It’s liquid at room temperature and can be many shades from a light yellow to a dark brown. High quality used vegetable oil is a clear liquid, light in color with no water or particles; it is the kind that can be most easily used to make bio diesel. Low quality used cooking oil refers to lower grade lipids including animal fats and pan grease. This product is often dark brown in color and highly contaminated with food particles. It’s very difficult to recycle for bio diesel production, but can be turned into other industrial bio-fuels. Compost in this context means food scraps. Griddle scrapings, breading, and other food particles are often mixed with cooking oil. They should be strained and separated from the oil and disposed of with the rest of the compostable materials.
What about shortening and lard?Shortening is another term for partially hydrogenated oil, which contains trans fats. We strongly recommend against the use of partially hydrogenated oil. Lard is animal fat. Both are not ideal for bio fuel collection because they solidify (harden) at room temperature, requiring special fittings and expensive modifications to existing collection equipment. They cannot be recycled at the residential drop-off site.
What is bio diesel?Bio diesel is the name of a clean-burning alternative to diesel fuel, which can be produced from vegetable oil. Bio diesel contains no petroleum, but can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create a bio diesel blend. It can be used in compression-ignition (diesel) engines with little or no modifications. Bio diesel is simple to use, biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics.
FREE Restaurant and Food Service Establishment Pickup Service
The Waste Vegetable Oil Program has a new, restaurant-friendly, FREE bio fuel pickup program to keep fats, oils and grease (FOG) out of Perry sewers.
FOG can cause serious blockages in the sewer, which may interrupt your business and cost taxpayers—like you—thousands of dollars every year to unclog.
We have a better idea; We’ll collect all your waste vegetable oil for free and turn it into bio diesel, a cleaner burning diesel fuel, to run diesel powered City vehicles and equipment.
We suit YOUR schedule:
We will schedule oil collection to suit your storage needs and we ensure consistent quality service.
Please keep water, kitchen scraps, and other solid waste out of the oil.
Kitchen Collection Easy How-to
Tips when making a drop-off
Before you drive to make a WVO drop-off, consider these following pointers:
IMPORTANT: Please keep these materials separate from your waste cooking oil
NO water. Water and oil do not mix. To prevent water contamination, please don’t store used oil in open containers and keep the lid tightly closed
NO hazardous materials. If there’s any amount of hazardous material mixed with the cooking oil, it’s considered contaminated and cannot be used
NO motor oil
"We would like to thank you in advance for spending your time reading about our program and discovering how your community and the City of Perry are partnering together and doing its part by creating a greener environment and a cleaner tomorrow. We look forward to seeing you soon."
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