By Steve Holmes
Using recycled vegetable oil and grease trap waste, Pacific Biodiesel has partnered with Hawaii County to use a 20% blend for its fleet vehicles including the Hele-On buses. With a new refinery in Keaau, Pacific Biodiesel will help create local jobs.
Biodiesel reduces fleet maintenance costs through increased lubricity and improves air emissions as well. The City & County of Honolulu completed a similar conversion over ten years ago with great success.
Recycling keeps these wastes out of landfills and sewer lines where they cause environmental problems. Pacific Biodiesel picks up the waste at restaurants, saving the businesses money and preventing illegal dumping into streams or vacant land.