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In Texas, leftover turkey fat fuels biodiesel cars

PLANO, Texas (Reuters) – It can’t be good for your arteries but it is good for the environment.

In the U.S. South, folks like their Thanksgiving Day turkey deep fried — and the city of Plano north of Dallas collects the bird fat from residents for use in the biofuels industry.

“This is our busiest time, the week after Thanksgiving. We collect about 500 gallons of turkey fat during that time,” said Lois Woolf, a Plano City worker, as she hoisted a plastic container of oil left outside someone’s home for collection.

In 2005, Plano collected 1,200 gallons of cooking oil, the vast majority turkey fryer fat. The bulk of it is picked up during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.


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