FORT MYERS, Fla. - It's your money and three years and a half million dollars later a local company is finally turning waste into energy.
The motors started running bright and early at 6:00 Saturday morning at FL Biofuels. The facility, which is located next to the State Farmer's Market on Edison Ave, will turn vegetable oil into Diesel.
The company received a $500,000 grant from Lee County and the federal government. After years of delays and red tape production has started.
"Biofuel is diesel, a lot of people think they can just put it in a car, it's not gasoline it's diesel," said Mindy Collier, the Quality Control Manager at the plant.
Used vegetable oil is brought in and mixed with methanol. That will break down the oil to create 90% biofuel and 10% glycerin. The glycerin will be sold to medical or cosmetic companies. Whereas the biodiesel will be sold to Lee County, which has a contract to use the fuel for its LeeTran buses and other diesel vehicles.
13 people are employed at the plant, with another person starting in the near future.
"This is a great plant, it's very cost effective, very efficient, there's always room to grow," Collier said.
The facility is the first of its kind in Lee County and one of three in North America. It can make up to 6,000 gallons of biodiesel fuel a day.