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SSC announces switch to biodiesel

2006-04-04-

BiodieselBellingham, Wash - 04/20/2005. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Paul Razore Co-Owner Sanitary Service Company (360) 734-3490

Rodd Pemble SSC Recycling Manager (360) 734-3490 or 815-1098 (cell)

Bellingham, WA. – (April 18, 2005) Sanitary Service Company, Inc. (SSC) announced today it will start the transition to switch its entire fleet of sixty (60) garbage and recycling trucks to run exclusively on “B20” biodiesel fuel.

“We’ve been testing B20 in a number of our trucks for the past 18 months with no maintenance issues or loss in performance,” said SSC Co-Owner Paul Razore. “We are ready to begin switching the entire fleet over this month and Earth Week seemed an appropriate time to start the transition. SSC is a local, family-owned business. We all live and work here, and as a WasteWise Business and member of Sustainable Connections, we’re committed to taking steps to protect and enhance our environment and the quality of life here in Whatcom County,” said Razore.

Rodd Pemble, Recycling Manager for SSC, said Yorkston Oil will initially be providing pre-mixed B20 at their State Street and West Bakerview stations, with possible other locations in the future. Pemble said the SSC fleet uses 300,000 gallons of fuel per year to collect garbage and recyclables from residents and businesses in Whatcom County. “By reducing the pollution from every gallon of fuel we use, our partnership with Yorkston Oil will result in important air quality improvements for Bellingham and Whatcom County,” said Pemble. “Biodiesel costs a bit more than regular diesel, but it is biodegradeable, non-toxic and virtually free of sulfur and aromatics. Plus it reduces emissions by up to 20%. We hope our actions will encourage other local fleets to consider biodiesel as their fuel choice,” said Pemble.

“SSC’s leadership in switching to this much cleaner fuel meant that we could afford to invest in dedicated B20 tanks,” said Matt Yorkston, of Yorkston Oil. Yorkston said biodiesel itself contains no petroleum, but can be blended with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel mix like B20. B20 biodiesel is a mix of 80% diesel and 20% B-100 Biodiesel fuel, usually rapeseed oil, soy oil or reclaimed vegetable oil. Yorkston is purchasing the B-100 from Whole Energy, a startup company located in Ferndale. Whole Energy is a Washington Corporation that is the first company in the northwest to manufacture an ASTM standard Biodiesel.

For more information about SSC’s use of biodiesel fuel contact Rodd Pemble at (360) 734-3490. For information about local sources for biodiesel contact Matt Yorkston (360) 734-2201.

About Sanitary Service Company, Inc. Celebrating 75 years of business, SSC, Inc. is Whatcom County’s largest recycling and waste collection company. SSC is locally-owned and family-operated, and serves over 40,000 residential and commercial customers in Whatcom County.

About Yorkston Oil Company

For over 65 years Yorkston Oil Co., Inc. has been a locally owned company. At the present time, Yorkston Oil Co., Inc owns and operates Exxon branded markets in Whatcom County, Commercial Fueling Network (CFN) sites in Whatcom and Skagit Counties, distributes to Exxon Branded dealers, and serves numerous independent and commercial accounts with heating fuels, industrial and motor oils, marine fuels, and on and off road fuels.

 

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