2017-12-29 / Business

The Land I Trust

By Mayor Steve Benjamin

This year, we partnered with the Sierra Club as part of their Mayors for 100% Clean Energy campaign. Not only has Columbia committed to 100% clean energy by 2036, but we have also shown the country that the South does care about climate change.

That said, the Sierra Club has recently released a new project called “The Land I Trust” that highlights the real consequences of fossil fuels and climate change on our region. America withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement this year, but as city leaders, we have collectively committed to protecting the planet we will leave to the next generations, finding innovative solutions for renewable energy and working so that our communities are kept free of hazardous emissions.

You can find “ The Land I Trust” on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play, and a short video trailer that summarizes the project can be found on YouTube.

One small way we can all contribute to sustainability is to recycle our used cooking oil through the city’s cooking oil recycling program, Southern Fried Fuels.

The City of Columbia launched the Southern Fried Fuel program in 2009 and has averaged 1,000 gallons of oil per year collected.

Used cooking oil is accepted for recycling at:

City of Columbia Public

2910 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fire Station 16
131 Lake Murray Blvd.
Irmo, SC 29063
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Make sure cooking oil is free of water, soap suds, and food scraps.

The used cooking oil collected is taken to Midlands Biofuels, a local business, and then converted into Certified South Carolina biofuel and used to power one of the city's garbage trucks along with other City vehicles!

The SWR Southern Fried Truck is a City of Columbia truck that runs on biofuel from the recycled cooking oil.

Powering the city fleet on a cleaner-burning, renewable fuel, helps with air quality and the environment. Biofuels produce 15 to 75 percent fewer greenhouse emissions than conventional fuels. Biodiesel is better for an engine than conventional diesel, providing greater lubrication and leaving fewer particular deposits behind.

Biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that can be used in existing diesel engines without modification. This clean alternative fuel is biodegradable, nontoxic and, best of all, it’s a domestic fuel.

Biodiesel is made from a diverse mix of recycled sources including recycled cooking oil, agricultural oils, and animal fats called feedstock.

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