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Bahamas Waste Biodiesel Plant Opens Doors
Bahamas Waste’s has agreed to donate a quarter from every gallon of bio-diesel produced to fund scholarships for BESS and DCMS students.
(Nassau, Bahamas) On February 21st Bahamas Waste Ltd. officially opened its $1,000,000 biodiesel facility, an investment that will allow for the manufacturing of up to one million gallons of waste cooking oil into biodiesel each year. Waste cooking oil is collected from restaurants in Nassau such as McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, and Wendy’s is processed and converted on site and used to fuel Bahamas Waste trucks and other stationary equipment. Currently four trucks are using a 50:50 blend of biodiesel to petroleum diesel; the company hopes to eventually run the entire fleet of 50 vehicles off of 100% biodiesel as production increases.
The development of this facility has been a long-term project, with partners in The Bahamas and United States assisting with planning and implementation. Cape Systems, Ltd., a for-profit subsidiary of the Cape Eleuthera Island School, consulted on the project over the past five years. The planning and construction of the facility was done in conjunction with Wisconsin Biofuels, LLC. While the initial production of biodiesel was delayed until December 2010 due to lower quality cooking oil, the plant is now set to produce over 1,000 gallons per day when running at full capacity.
“Our latest initiative represents a bold and definite step by Bahamas Waste to move us toward a greater use of renewable energy resources, significantly reducing the amount of waste oil that finds its way back into the environment and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide release into the environment,” said Francisco De Cardenas, Managing Director of Bahamas Waste.
Several distinguished guests attended the ribbon cutting ceremony including The Hon. Earl Deveaux, Minister of Environment and The Hon. Phenton Neymour, Minister of State for the Environment from the government of The Bahamas. Chris Maxey, director of the Cape Eleuthera Foundation and head of The Island School also attended with members of the Cape Systems team that consulted on the project: Graham Siener, Geoff Walton, and Jack Kenworthy.
Chris Maxey, Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholar (BESS) Garneisha Pinder, and current Deep Creek Middle School (DCMS) student Moesha Leary accepted a check for $0.25, in recognition of Bahamas Waste’s agreement to donate a quarter from every gallon of biodiesel produced to fund scholarships for BESS and DCMS students.
[The Island School and Cape Eleuthera Institute] have demonstrated to the island of Eleuthera, what I hope Bahamas Waste demonstrates to the rest of The Bahamas,” said Hon. Earle Deveaux, Minister of Environment. “That there is money, opportunity in the private sector taking hold of these initiatives that we have anchored in legislation and in tax incentives; but it takes you to make it happen.”