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Last updated 6:31PM ET
March 6, 2021
Gadsden Latest Alabama City Turning to Grease for Biodiesel Fuel
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Gadsden is set to become the latest Alabama city to participate in a biofuel program that turns used grease and oil into biodiesel.

The city's "Waste to Fuel" campaign starts next month and officials are asking restaurants and residents to turn in used cooking oil that will be converted to fuel for some of the departments diesel vehicles.

Costs for producing the fuel are considerably cheaper than the diesel fuel now used by the vehicles. City officials also hope the program will cure some of the city's problems with clogged pipes by encouraging people to recycle grease instead of pouring it down drains.

Auburn University is sponsoring the program and gave Gadsden the $14,000 in equipment, which will produce about 55 gallons of fuel in eight hours.

The city will spend about 70 cents a gallon to produce its own diesel fuel - currently Gadsden pays $2.75 a gallon for diesel fuel.

Similar programs have been successful in Hoover and Daphne.
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