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KTVN: Turning Cooking Oil into Biofuel

KTVN: Turning Cooking Oil into Biofuel

Source: KTVN

Can eating fried food help save the planet?  That’s the mission of one local company. The Northern Nevada franchise of Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions helps companies recycle fryer oil and turn it into biofuel.

Can eating fried food help save the planet?  That’s the mission of one local company. The Northern Nevada franchise of Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions helps companies recycle fryer oil and turn it into biofuel.

In about fifteen minutes, a crew with Filta environmental kitchen solutions can completely clean and filter an industrial sized fryer.

“It’s a triple-filtration system,” said Damon Wanco, Owner/Operation of the local Filta franchise.   “It extracts the oil out of the deep fryers that was already used to cook and goes through a process of pulling all the carbon out of it and making the food cleaner and better to eat.”

Clients in Northern Nevada include the Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Reno, UNR, and Greater Nevada Field.  Filta technicians clean the fryers at the Renaissance twice a week.

“The benefits of doing this is for one, absolute safety for your employees,” Wanco said.   “Your employees will never have to be exposed to hot grease again and we’ll take care of everything for you from here on out.”

The process can cut total oil consumption in half.  Another thing clients don’t have to worry about – big grease bins on the property.  When the oil is all used up, Filta hauls it away so it can be put to good use.

“After the oil is no longer usable to cook, we store it and then we have a company that picks it up from us and they turn it into biofuels,” Wanco said.

Filta then sends their clients environmental impact reports to track their carbon footprint.

“We track every time we filter the oil, every time we haul the old oil away,” Wanco said.   “We’re able to put that into our computer and calculate exactly what the footprint is on our client.”

According to the environmental impact report for the Renaissance over the past year, with all the savings from packaging, reducing greenhouse gases, and using less fertilizer and pesticides,  that carbon offset was like planting 1,829 trees.

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