The Perfect Cinderella Story

From Trash to Treasure

Nearly every restaurant produces waste cooking oil (wco). In years past, the wco was a nuisance to restaurant owners, they actually had to pay companies to pick-up and dispose of their wco properly. Today, however, there has been a wco revolution and this trash can now be turned into treasure.

The vast majority of the feedstock (wco) to produce biodiesel is in our urban population centers. Simply because, that’s where most of the restaurants are located. The EPA {link to EPA} estimates that less than a third of the yellow grease (wco) in the US is used for biodiesel production annually. Unfortunately, in nearly every instance, this local commodity is being exported out of the community, thus sending jobs, profits and resources elsewhere, instead of re-circulating locally.

Additionally, within these same urban areas, there is a tremendous need to provide employment opportunities for socially marginalized people. People who have been excluded or even ignored.

Unemployment creates poverty. Poverty creates a sense of hopelessness which leads to crime, disrepair and drugs. This cycle of poverty places burdens on families, schools, healthcare systems, law enforcement and the local economy.

The Biodiesel 4 Schools licensing model seeks out partnerships with other socially conscious businesses and non-profits that focus on re-entry programs to employ the chronically employed for waste cooking oil aggregation and biodiesel creation. Second chances matter!

We believe communities need to be “smart” with their resources. By up-cycling an abundant waste product, Biodiesel 4 Schools creates local jobs where they are needed most, promotes a sense of community, reduces harmful emissions in the school buses and saves the school system money. Cities and municipalities can now help themselves by recognizing existing resources (trash!) that are readily available to them and by harnessing the knowledge to create a new regenerative industry around those resources.