Published: Nov 14, 2012 1:08 PM EST
Updated: Nov 14, 2012 2:43 PM EST

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Affordable Bio Feedstock Inc. (ABF) and Charlotte County Utilities celebrated the Grand Opening of ABF’s new grease recycling facility on Wednesday at the Charlotte County East Port Water Reclamation Facility.

ABF operates the world’s first system capable of recycling 99 percent of commercial brown grease by a process called “thermal depolymerization.” This process separates grease trap effluents into products that can be used for alternative fuels, composting material and irrigation.

The solution minimizes both the negative impact to the environment from continued land application of brown grease, and the significant costs to food service establishments, liquid waste haulers, and wastewater treatment plants dealing with this waste, according to the company.

The production equipment will be capable of recycling more than 10 million gallons of brown grease, creating over 200,000 gallons of liquid feedstock and over 750 tons of viable organic compounds, as well as reclaim over 9 million gallons of nutrient rich water.

ABF plans to expand to other markets in Florida to include Tampa, Daytona Beach and Jacksonville. All the bio feedstock (brown grease) recovered from the ABF operations is going back into the US energy markets to be used as biodiesel, renewable diesel or home heating oil. ABF is taking a waste stream and converting it to useable products that are needed in the economy.