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Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is trap grease?
A. Itís the used fatty grease produced by restaurants. There are different types of grease. Yellow grease is the light grease used to make French fries. At room temperature it is a liquid. That grease is clean enough to be collected and reused to make animal feed. Brown grease is the dark fatty grease left over when a restaurant makes your hamburger, etc. At room temperature it is almost a solid. Brown grease is too dirty to be used in animal feed and must be properly disposed of. North American Biofuels specializes in taking brown trap grease and turning it into renewable, beneficial energy.
Q. What happens to trap grease now?
A. It depends on where you are. Many cities require that trap grease be picked up in special trucks and either burned, buried in landfill, or combined with other materials and injected into the ground. In other towns and cities, trap grease is illegally dumped directly into the sewer system.
Q. Why is that bad?
A. Burning trap grease produces air pollution. Burying it in landfill creates soil and water pollution. Injecting it into the ground, once thought to be beneficial to the soil, actually makes the soil sterile and unusable to support plant life.Dumping trap grease into sewers clogs the entire system. If the system backs up, raw sewage can overflow into local water supplies. Plus, cities have to spend substantial amounts of money to constantly remove the clean the clogged sewers and repair the sewage treatment facilities.
Q. What is biodiesel fuel?
A. Biodiesel is a clean burning alternative fuel produced from renewable resources. Biodiesel contains no petroleum, but it can be blended with petroleum diesel.
Q. Is biodiesel good for the environment?
A. Yes. Biodiesel is biodegradable and non-toxic. It is the only alternative fuel to have fully completed the health effects testing requirements of the Clean Air Act.
Q. Does it reduce pollution?
A. Yes. Using biodiesel in a conventional diesel engine substantially reduces the amount of unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and particulate matter. Plus, using biodiesel essentially eliminates the sulfur oxides and sulfate, major components of acid rain that diesel engines normally produce.
Q. Does biodiesel reduce air pollution?
A. Very much so. Biodiesel reduces nearly all forms of air pollution. Most importantly, biodiesel reduces air toxics and cancer-causing compounds. Pure biodiesel can reduce the cancer risk by 94%; B20 (20% biodiesel, 80% petroleum diesel) will reduce that risk by as much as 27%. There is no sulfur in biodiesel, so biodiesel won't contribute to sulfur dioxide emissions or poison exhaust catalysts. B20 has 20% of the benefits of pure biodiesel. B20 can also reduce the soot and smell of diesel exhaust