Ukrop’s is turning used chicken-fryer oil into biodiesel fuel that will be used to power the super market’s fleet of vehicles
This weekend marked the first time that Ukrop’s trucks and trailers were filled up with locally mixed biodiesel fuel. Two local partners play central roles in the operation. Richmond-based RECO Biodiesel, Inc. collects recycled soy oil from Ukrop’s chicken-frying operations at 17 area stores.
Southside Fuel, also based in Richmond, takes the oil from RECO and then splash blends the fryer oil with regular diesel fuel, resulting in B15 biodiesel fuel. The 2,800 gallons of oil collected thus far will make an estimated 14,000 gallons of biodiesel.
Ukrop’s fleet of vehicles includes 15 trucks and 45 refrigerated trailers. They travel 1.3 million miles per year on average, using 275,000 gallons of diesel fuel. Ukrop’s plans to make 50,000 to 65,000 gallons of biodiesel fuel each year.