Rothsay Biodiesel powers two truck fleets with B5

By Anna Austin | November 13, 2008
Web exclusive posted Dec. 3, 2008 at 10:33 a.m. CST

Ontario-based Rothsay Biodiesel, a division of Maple Leaf Foods Inc., will begin fueling its largest truck fleet with B5 produced at its 9.2 MMgy biodiesel facility in Montreal.

The 40-truck fleet in Dundas, Ontario, will consume approximately 1.4 million liters (370,000 gallons) of biodiesel annually. Since 2002, Rothsay Biodiesel has provided fuel for its Montreal truck fleet.

The company estimates converting the Dundas fleet to biodiesel will be the equivalent of eliminating 30 cars from the road, and plans to expand the program to other Maple Leaf fleets in the future.

Rothsay Biodiesel has a history of contributing to biodiesel-fueled transportation projects, such as the Canadian Renewable Fuel Association's BioBus project in 2001. BioBus was a joint effort between the CRFA, the Fédération des producteurs de cultures commerciales du Québec, the Société de transport de Montréal and Rothsay Biodiesel. The project's goal was to test the use of biodiesel as a supply source for public transit, assess the viability of the fuel as part of the routine operation, and measure biodiesel's environmental and economic impact. Rothsay Biodiesel supplied 500,000 liters (approximately 132,000 gallons) of biodiesel to fuel 122 Montreal Urban Transit buses for a full year.

Rothsay Biodiesel uses a feedstock that consists of primarily tallow and yellow grease to produce biodiesel. The company also collects edible and inedible food byproducts from meat processing plants, grocery stores and restaurants to produce animal feed inputs, and chemicals used in soaps, cleaners, and cosmetics.
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