Local residents who own diesel automobiles that can run on straight vegetable oil (SVO) instead of diesel fuel can now find sources of the oil through a new web-based program announced by the Montgomery County Department of Public Works and Transportation’s Division of Solid Waste Services.
The purpose of the Vegetable Oil Exchange online service is to match up users (drivers) and generators (usually restaurants). By listing themselves on the web site -- www.montgomerycountymd.gov/veggieoil -- under “Oil Offers,” restaurants and other sources that generate used vegetable oil can have their supplies picked up free of charge. The site lists the location, quantity of oil available, the date of the web posting and any notes related to the oil. Drivers looking for sources of SVO are listed under “Oil Requests,” which includes the same type of information. All exchanges must be free.
Often considered to be a waste material, vegetable oil can be used to produce a renewable fuel that is safe, biodegradable and able to reduce air pollutants such as carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons. In addition to being used in automobiles, SVO can run other diesel-burning engines when mixed with diesel fuel or warmed to prevent solidifying.
To register for a Vegetable Oil Exchange account, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/veggieoil, or for more information, call Rick Dimont at 301-840-2774.
# # #