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WNY GOING GREEN: BUFFALO BIODIESEL

Wednesday, 09.08.2010 / 9:51 AM / Blue & Gold Make Green
By Michael Jafari  - Graduate Assistant (2010)
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WNY GOING GREEN: BUFFALO BIODIESEL
The Buffalo Sabres Blue & Gold Make Green initiative has worked to improve sustainability and recycling within the organization over the last year. Now, the Sabres are asking the fans to reduce their environmental footprint.

Throughout the year, sabres.com will feature a local cause dedicated to making Western New York a “greener” place, and showing fans in the area how to incorporate conservation in their daily lives.

Take a look at this week’s profile on Buffalo Biodiesel.

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Cooking oils aren’t just for the kitchen anymore.

Buffalo Biodiesel, based in Tonawanda, is working to use the materials to reduce dependence on foreign oil. By recycling used cooking oils and fat, and making them into an alternative form of diesel fuel, the company can sell the product to other plants for purchase.

“This was originally supposed to be a hobby to make for our friends and ourselves, but we just ended up expanding to Buffalo, Rochester, Erie and Syracuse,” said President Sumit Majumdar, who started the company in 2005 by collecting used grease from local restaurants.   

According to the company's Web site, "Biodiesel can work the same way as typical petro-diesel... Commercial biodiesel is refined according to exacting, standard specifications set by the American Society for Testing and Materials – the same organization that set the standards for petroleum diesel."

By finding an alternative source of diesel, Buffalo Biodiesel is preserving crude oil, which is an important resource world-wide.  In addition, they are improving the health of people. The Environmental Defense Fund's research shows that regular diesel exhaust is a powerful carcinogen, which is a cancer-causing substance in air pollution.

While it is Majumdar’s mission is to help Western New York go green, the company’s president says local resources are integral to his success.

“Buffalo restaurants really help out,” Majumdar said. “There are over 2,000 places that contribute to what we are accomplishing here. "

Among others, he names the Just Pizza franchise as being one of his biggest contributors for recycled oil. To date, Buffalo Biodiesel has recycled more than 2 million gallons of grease.

Because they operate locally, Majumdar also accepts used grease and oils from residential homes. Buffalo Biodiesel will come and collect discarded oils at no cost if contacted directly.

“We welcome local homes donate their used oils and urge the community to avoid dumping at all cost”.

If you would like to participate in helping Biodiesel’s cause, contact them by calling 1-800-721-1427.

For more information on Buffalo Biodiesel, click here. For more tips on staying healthy and going green at home, or to become a Green Team Member, click here.

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