Arizona State Fair vendors recycle used oil and grease - CBS 5 - KPHO

Arizona State Fair vendors recycle used oil and grease

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The fried foods at the Arizona State Fair are always a hit, but the leftover oil and grease are not.

Last year vendors discarded about 3,800 gallons of grease, according to Ryan Parsons of Biotane Pumping. But much of that "yellow grease" was turned into a clean-burning alternative fuel, bio-diesel.

This year Biotane Pumping will collect the grease again.

"The majority of what we make from all this oil is the bio-diesel and then what gets run off of the bio-diesel plant we can still use and, in turn, we make tire lube out of that... pink soap for the commercial restaurants... black tire paint. We're doing roofing material that can be made out of this," said Parsons.

The company will track how much oil they are collecting and how much of that oil is being turned into bio-diesel. They also keep tabs on the amount of emissions they've cut.

Last year, the recycling was the equivalent to about 98 cars being taken off the road.

Biotane Pumping collects more oil from the Arizona State Fair than any other vendor in Arizona, partially because the fair lasts for four weeks.

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