Promethean wins CalRecycle award

By Erin Voegele | October 25, 2010
Posted Nov. 17, 2010

Temecula, Calif.-based Promethean Biofuels Cooperative Corp. has been recognized by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) for its waste reduction efforts. As a winner of the 2010 CalRecycle Waste Reduction Award Program, Promethean will receive authorization to use the WRAP winner logo with its products, advertising and business websites to publicize its waste reduction achievements.

Promethean's 2 MMgy biodiesel plant has been operating since January 2010, and is currently producing between 5,000 and 25,000 gallons of biodiesel per week, depending on how much feedstock is available, said Todd Hill, Promethean's founder. "Ninety-nine percent of our product is made from used cooking oil and kitchen grease," Hill continued, which is a primary factor that led to the CalRecycle award. "We are taking a waste product…and really increasing its value and creating something that's of value here domestically in the U.S.," Hill said.

In addition to recycling waste oils into biodiesel, Promethean is also active in recycling hazardous household wastes. While these waste materials, such as paint and motor oil, are not utilized in the production of biodiesel, Hill noted that the hazardous waste recycling initiative was another factor that led to CalRecycle recognition. According to Hill, Promethean also has an aggressive internal recycling program, which was a third component of the award.

From the standpoint of biodiesel production, Hill said that the CalRecycle award will help make the cooperative more visible to local community members. This should help increase the amount of residential waste grease and oil that is collected for conversion into biodiesel. "Every drop [of feedstock] is vital to us," Hill said. "We also really do want community involvement," he continued, noting that increased public visibility will help build Promethean's community-focused model for renewable energy production.

According to CalRecycle, Promethean helps to divert more than 15 million pounds of waste grease and oil from entering the sewer system each year. "Promethean Biofuels' community-based approach exemplifies recycling for reuse and energy independence," said the department. "Promethean Biofuels, named one of the Top Alternative Energy companies in the Inland Empire, is a rising star in California's tremendously diverse environmental technology companies."
 
 
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