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Savannah Tractor Powered by Turkey Oil

Posted on November 28th, 2009
Original post by: Savannah Now
http://savannahnow.com/news/2009-11-28/savannah-tractor-powered-turkey-oil

Now that your turkey is a picked-over carcass, here’s a win-win idea for getting rid of the oil that fried that bird: Wilmington Island farmer Bill Lynes wants used vegetable oil to power his tractor. The county wants to keep all that fat out of local sewers, where it congeals and creates expensive clogs. So they’ve teamed up to collect cooking oil at the Wilmington Island Recycling Center.

He currently collects oil from several local restaurants and a South Carolina nursing home, filters and centirfuges that oil to remove water and particulates, then pumps it into his diesel engine tractor. As an off-road vehicle, it’s a hassle-free use of a free fuel. Vehicles driven on public roads are required to pay road tax on their fuel, a process that’s difficult to comply with where free vegetable oil is concerned, Lynes said.

Lynes approached Chatham County officials several months ago with his idea of collecting used vegetable oil from residents. When they agreed to give it a try, he spent about $800 outfitting the Wilmington Island Recycling Center on Concord Road with a small storage tank just for the job.

Chatham County Environmental Program Coordinator David Nash loves the cooking oil collection not only because it’s a great local recycling effort, but also because the grease that could otherwise end up in local sewage systems is expensive to clean out.

“If you’re on septic, it will clog it,” he said. “If you’re on county sewage, it’ll clog up drains, and you’ll have a backup. It’s imperative not to put grease down the drain. It’s a slow killer.” “It’s like how you have a heart attack – plaque builds up slowly. Once it’s in there, you have a heck of a time getting it out.”

Lynes, who traded-in his Porsche race car when he bought his tractor, has been cultivating his three-quarter acre “town farm” for about a year on family land that once was part of a larger vegetable farm and before that a cotton plantation. He still works in Lynes Realty and Development Company, but he’s clearly a devoted gardener, too.

He barters his vegetables with local markets such as Davis Produce. Friends and neighbors get his chickens’ eggs. “I’m sort of in a learning process now,” he said. “I want to know what works, like bartering with people and giving stuff to friends.” And maybe, if it catches on, collecting used cooking oil.

Rivers & the Sea

It’s almost summer! Everybody is enjoying the sunny weather and thinking about going to the beach… but where to go? Where can you be trustful enough to let your children and dogs play in the water? Are there still non polluted rivers and beaches in your area? Can you go swimming where 2 years ago was a prohibition?

Scary Facts:

- Earth consist of 2/3 water. but all the fresh water streams only represent one hundredth of one percent.
- 14 billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean every year
- Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill about 1,000,000 sea creatures every year!

- Approximately 5 million tons of oil produced in the world each ear ends up in the ocean.
- Most American families throw away about 88 pounds of plastic every year.
- Every year enough trash is carried down the LA River to fill the Rosebowl.

Join green living! Help the world to save the water of the earth. Create a future for your kids and give them the opportunity to enjoy the ocean. Already small steps can bring changes. Recycle! Use reusable bags! Start using tumblers instead of plastic cups. Be green!

Big Up to all the supporters of Oceans Day!

Pollution: Open Your Eyes!


Everybody, Everyday. Some updating Facts:

Waste of Water:

♦3-7 gallons for toilet

♦25-30 gallons for tub

♦50-70 gallons for a 10 minute shower

♦1 washing machine load uses 25-40 gallons

♦1 dishwasher load uses 9-12 gallons

       

We each use about 12,000 gallons of water every year
1/3 of all water is used to flush the toilet.

Break Down:

♦plastics take 500 years

♦aluminum cans take 500 years

♦organic materials, take 6 months

♦cotton, rags, paper take 6 months

The garbage in a landfill stays for about 30 years.
In 1995 over 200 of the world landfills were full.
Approximately only 10 percent of every landfill can be cleaned up.
Each person throws away approximately four pounds of garbage every day.