Next time you enjoy an order of french fries while visiting Yellowstone National Park, you’re not only satisfying your appetite, but you’re also helping provide green energy for heating the park’s hotels.
Xanterra Parks & Resorts, a concessioner in Yellowstone, recently designed innovative new equipment for its boiler system to allow for the direct burning of used cooking oil for fuel.
Yellowstone’s operations include a sizable food service component. On a typical summer’s day, Xanterra prepares over 22,000 meals in seventeen restaurants and eight employee dining rooms. On an annual basis, food preparation generates between 9,000 to 11,000 gallons of cooking oil. In the past, the used cooking oil has been shipped offsite almost 250 miles for recycling.
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