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2007-07-11 17:37:04.415841+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

McDonald's to run trucks on 85% waste oil mixed with 15% virgin rapeseed ("canola") oil. Says Matthew Howe, Senior VP of McDonald's UK:

As we get better at the refinement we will be able to remove virgin rape from the process...

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-07-11 22:06:16.74867+00 by: ebradway

I think Dan's commented on the economics of using waste oil for fuel. This is a perfect example of where the economics make perfect sense. Consider that McDonald's operates a fleet of diesel trucks. Those trucks all run out of a centralized distribution center where waste oil can be processed in large quantities into fuel and they happen to already make a return trip from the source of the waste oil with empty space in the vehicle to carry it.

I've also wondered why more Central American countries, like Costa Rica, don't power buses and trucks with locally produced oils. Costa Rica has very high fuel prices because the country's roads are a nightmare making distribution costly. However, palm seed and other high-energy content oil plants grow well in the region. The cost of distribution of petro-based fuel leaves lots of room for any extra cost involved in producing the local fuel.