Clean Cities Success: Waste to Fuel
Our success story of the week hails from Hoover, Alabama where renewable biofuels reign supreme. 300,000 gallons of E85 are consumed each year by their flex fuel police vehicles. Hoover leads the state with 88% of their municipal vehicles using some type of advanced fuel, including biodiesel. Commercial B20 is used by their public works fleet, but the city also makes their own biodiesel. Since 2007, a recycling program allows residents to drop off waste vegetable oil for processing. Biodiesel fuels 40 municipal vehicles—including these city trolleys.
TONY PETELOS: We’re collecting about a thousand gallons a month from 21 small restaurants that don’t have a means of disposing cooking oil and also our residents of Hoover and we convert that into biodiesel.
Clearly the city of Hoover “is making it happen” when it comes to biofuels.