Turning Used Cooking Oil into Fuel
In 2008, Agnes Scott partnered with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy to ensure all campus used cooking oil is recycled into bio-diesel fuel.
The National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology program gives us an excellent, concise explanation of biofuels, and how they have an impact:
- Biofuels, especially biodiesel, can either be purchased or made on campus and used to run fleet vehicles. By definition, biofuels are carbon neutral because when burned they release the carbon captured during photosynthesis. Net emissions savings, however, must take into account the fossil fuels, fertilizers, land tillage and other inputs needed to grow the food plants used to make vegetable oil. Colleges and universities are excellent settings to experiment with biodiesel, in particular, because their dining halls and local restaurants can provide a steady supply of used cooking oil.
Our used cooking oil is sent off to become biodiesel, which helps to run bus fleets, like Emory’s Cliff buses.
What Happens to the Trash
At Agnes Scott, our waste that can't be recycled, composted, or terracycled goes to the Seminole Road Landfill in Ellenwood, GA.
- However, our current waste diversion rate is 75%! That means that only 25% of our waste is sent to the landfill, and we are working to get that percentage down to zero.
Miscellaneous Waste Items
Electronic Waste (E-Waste)
- Bring to the Office of Sustainability, or hold onto it until the Decatur E-Waste Recycling days. These happen twice a year; we will broadcast the days as soon as they are announced.
Styrofoam (large quantities only)
- Bring to the Office, or save until the Decatur Polystyrene (styrofoam) Recycling Day. We will announce the date as soon as we know.
- For small items, bring to our office. For larger items, call us to consult about the available options.
Discs and batteries
- Currently, bring these items to the Office, or take them to any collection point around the city. Best Buy has a fabulous recycling drop-off center, where you can take batteries, CDs, DVDs, audio/video equipment, and lots of other items.
- Batteries can also be recyclced at any Batteries Plus store.
- CFLs can be brought to the Office, or taken to Home Depot, Lowe's or Batteries Plus.
- Non-CFLs can be brought to the Office, or taken to Batteries Plus.
- For these large bulky items, please do not bring them to the Office of Sustainability. If you must dispose of them immediately, call to discuss the possible options.
- If it is not an immediate concern, you have a few options:
- For refrigerators, you can take them to a scrap metal collector, or call the county sanitation department to schedule a pickup.
- For microwaves, you can take them to the Keep Atlanta Beautiful Community Recycling Center at Old Fourth Ward on the Second Saturday of each month from 10am to 3pm. You can also take them to the KAB Community Recycling Center in Buckhead on the first Saturday of each month from 10am to 3pm. Lastly, you can call the county sanitation department to schedule a pickup.