Biofuels deal helps SeQuential play ball with heady Seattle businesses
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
SeQuential's deal to collect cooking oil waste from, among other places, Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field will help fans more easily fill up with cleaner fuels.
A top Portland biodiesel producer has landed waste cooking oil recycling agreements with several landmark Seattle institutions.
It helps that those institutions, particularly the Seattle Mariners’ Safeco Field and the Seattle Seahawks’ CenturyLink Field, happen to be fried food-selling meccas SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel will gather used cooking oil from the two stadiums along with vendors at Pike Place Market, the University of Washington and Taco Time Corp.
SeQuential, which employs 50 workers in Oregon, will turn the waste into clean-burning biodiesel fuel through a closed-loop production cycle.
SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel makes biodiesel out of oil collected from local restaurants, businesses, hospitals and schools. The fuel is far cleaner than petroleum: It emits up to 78 percent less carbon dioxide and other harmful gases.
In turn, restaurants working with SeQuential can receive financial rebates for their used cooking oil. The company sells the resulting biodiesel throughout the Northwest.
Tyson Keever, SeQuential’s general manager, said the agreements with the large Seattle institutions will yield huge growth. SeQuential plans to collect more than 1.5 million gallons of new oil from the arrangements.
“It came down to the quality of service and dependability,” said Keever, when asked how the company landed the deals. “The money value that goes back to (SeQuential’s partners) is meaningful, especially for large producers.”
Used vegetable oil trades for about $3 a gallon. In 2012, SeQuential Pacific recycled enough oil from Washington businesses to produce more than 1.4 million gallons of biodiesel and offset 10 million-plus pounds of carbon.
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