Operation REACH's Gulfsouth Youth Biodiesel Project Will Collect Fried Turkey Grease this Thanksgiving to Produce Biodiesel Fuel

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The Gulfsouth Youth Biodiesel Project (GYBP), a program of Operation REACH, Inc., and AmeriCorps NCCC have partnered to collect used cooking oil from households frying turkeys this Thanksgiving. The collection campaign runs from November 29th to December 4th. All cooking oil will be used to produce eco-friendly biodiesel fuel.

The Gulfsouth Youth Biodiesel Project (GYBP), a program of Operation REACH, Inc., and AmeriCorps NCCC have partnered to collect used cooking oil from households frying turkeys this Thanksgiving. The collection campaign runs from November 29th to December 4th. All cooking oil will be used to produce eco-friendly biodiesel fuel.

The week-long grease collection drive will help raise environmental awareness about alternative fuels while enabling local households to recycle the cooking oil used to fry turkeys for Thanksgiving. The used cooking oil collected by the GYBP will be made into biodiesel fuel by youth participants involved in the program.

"This project puts hard-to-dispose-of frying oil to good use by producing biofuel, which simultaneously involves out-of-school youth in making our communities greener," said Dr. Kyshun Webster, founder and CEO of Operation REACH, Inc.

A full list of drop-off points can be found at http://www.operationreach.org/grease. Frying oil should not be handled until it has fully cooled. Please use a funnel to pour oil back into its original container before dropping off.

Biodiesel is a clean burning alternative fuel, produced from domestic, renewable resources. Biodiesel is simple to use, biodegradable, nontoxic, essentially free of sulfur and aromatics and has been shown to decrease emissions and prolong the life of engines.

Operation REACH's Gulfsouth Youth Biodiesel Project is a youth-led social enterprise focusing on conversion of used cooking oil into biodiesel fuel as a means of educating and developing leadership and social entrepreneurship of young people as part of a "Green Collar" workforce. The program trains high school- and college-aged youth to create biodiesel out of used cooking oil. Participants gain experience and skills in chemistry, entrepreneurship, leadership, business and environmental responsibility through hands-on work with the program.

For more information on the fried turkey grease drive, please contact Sara Lamberson at 504-529-1922, ext. 113 or visit http://www.operationreach.org/grease.

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