Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys has partnered with Marathon Biodiesel in an effort to reduce diesel use and greenhouse gas emissions in our fragile bay and ocean. The use of diesel in vehicles and vessels is a major contributor of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which scientists are convinced is a major element contributing to climate change and ocean acidification.
Marathon Biodiesel owner Jeff Lillie is a former commercial fisherman and has invested his life savings into this environmentally friendly business, which will have a symbiotic relationship for your restaurant and the environment.
Waste vegetable oil produced as a byproduct of frying food is cleaned locally to produce clean burning biodiesel. Tens of thousands of gallons of cooking oil is shipped into the Keys annually for cooking and then hauled out of the Keys by diesel burning trucks to be shipped overseas. There is demand in the Keys for biodiesel for use in local commercial fishing and charter boats, meaning the cooking oil used in the Keys will be turned into the clean burning biodiesel used in the Keys, and with your help, eliminating excess waste.
Anything we can do as residents and business owners living in one of the most environmentally sensitive ecosystems in the world to reduce our carbon footprint is a major contribution to our future. Partnering with SFFFK and Marathon BioDiesel is an easy way to help our fragile ecosystem.
By uniting with us, you will in turn get a valuable tax credit, since Marathon Biodiesel has the only ASTM Certified waste vegetable oil cleaning machine in South Florida. Participating restaurants will also be given a participation plaque to display, and recognition of your contribution posted on our website, Marathon BioDiesel’s website, and in our monthly newsletter - which will be valuable advertisement for your company.
Please call us at (305) 289-2288 for more information and to start on your journey to a healthier Florida Keys.
Here's what The Weekly Newspapers saidi n an article by Blair Shiver:
Marathon Bio-Diesel partners with Sanctuary FriendsDecember 1, 2011 0
Waste oil donations now tax deductible
Jeff Lillie can’t understand why more Florida Keys restaurants won’t let him collect their waste vegetable oil.
Fortunately, he happened to walk into Fastenal where Keys transplant and green engineering guru Charlie Brown was working part time until he figured out his next step.
“We’ve done some great brainstorming together,” Lillie commended of his new business partner. “I’m now getting email inquiries from across the globe!”
Eight years ago, Lillie and his wife, Nancy, invested their life savings into a waste vegetable oil (WVO) processor that transforms cooking oil into fuel to run diesel vehicles, and Marathon Bio Diesel officially opened their doors to the public almost a year ago.
Though he’s signed on many restaurants and organizations across the county, Lillie admitted he’s still perplexed why more restaurants aren’t donating their waste cooking oil.
After being laid off from a California-based environmental engineering company, Brown’s now looking to build on what he’s calling the “Community Model” and has helped Marathon Bio Diesel partner with the Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys (SFFFK).
Not only are WVO donations now tax deductible through their partnership with the 501c3 nonprofit organization, Lillie’s company has agreed to make a donation back to SFFFK at the end of the year to help in their mission of supporting the preservation, restoration and sustainable use of the National Marine Sanctuary’s entire coral reef ecosystem.
County Commissioner and SFFFK Chairman George Neugent said as a former restaurant owner, the partnership between Marathon Bio Diesel and the Sanctuary Friends Foundation is a “win-win-win,” especially for the environment.
“This is something that Monroe County should be doing as its part to endure the future of our resource,” Neugent said.
Considering the number of restaurants across the Keys that fry up fish sandwiches and sell their used waste vegetable oil to out-of-county recycling companies, who then haul it off the islands in diesel-fueled trucks, Neugent said partnering with the private sector is beneficial for the entire county.
Lillie said many Keys restaurants, as any small business logically would, still focus only on their bottom lines.
But for owners like Mel Reger of The Wharf Bar & Grill on Summerland Key, she said Marathon Bio Diesel’s clean conservation research far outweighs any offer for waste vegetable oil pickup.
“The most recent offer I received was for $0.18 per gallon, so for me, it just didn’t make sense to worry about such an insignificant amount,” Reger said, who added that her restaurant no longer buys fuel for their tiki torches, but are instead using Lillie’s fuel with a few drops of a citronella oil she found online.
“We’re also just getting in to using his glycerin soaps [that are a bi-product of the WVO refining process],” Reger continued. “We have that in all of our sinks in the restaurant.”
In addition to the tax benefit for a restaurant donating their WVO, consumers of biodegradable diesel fuel in their vehicles can rest assured knowing that Lillie’s product is ASTM Certified to the highest global standards.
“When the agent came to certify my product, she told me not to be discouraged if my biodiesel didn’t pass, that 80 percent of the products out there fail to pass standards,” Lillie noted. “The standards for methanol in bio diesel is 0.2 parts per million; mine is 0.009.”
For restaurant owners and diesel vehicle drivers like Greg Chapman, that’s a “no brainer.”
Marathon Bio-Diesel, Inc. is located at 2 Coco Plum Drive in Marathon. Call (305) 522-7655 to drop off your waste vegetable oil or fuel up your diesel vehicle. For more information, visit www.marathonbiodiesel.com.