Westwood cooks up bio-friendly fuel with vegetable oil

Westwood is converting used vegetable oil into bio-diesel fuel in an effort to go green and save green.

The fuel is being used for two of the borough's recycling trucks. Westwood has been running the trucks on the fuel for about two weeks, according to Mayor John Birkner Jr.

The transition is helping Westwood deal with the skyrocketing cost of diesel.

"It's saving the residents money, it's also reducing pollution" says Public Works Superintendent Rick Woods. "Right now, it costs us about 52 cents a gallon to blend our own fuel."

The fuel is created at Westwood's recycling center. Used vegetable from local restaurants is filtered through a cheese cloth and then an automotive filter.

Mayor Birkner says if the program goes as planned, Westwood will become a regional bio-diesel hub that can filter fuel for other municipalities.

For an interview on converting vegetable oil into fuel, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

Biodiesel pilot project information

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