Big Apple fleet gets green with biodiesel

A national supplier of “green” building materials, Brooklyn, NY-basedGreenDepot (www.greendepot.com) and its parent company Marjam Supply (www.marjam.com), have announced establishing a relationship with

A national supplier of “green” building materials, Brooklyn, NY-basedGreenDepot (www.greendepot.com) and its parent company Marjam Supply (www.marjam.com), have announced establishing a relationship with Tri-State Biodiesel to provide their fleet with biodiesel (B20). According to the companies, the move will make the GreenDepot and Marjam operation the first private fleet in New York City to use biodiesel.

Brooklyn-based Tri-State collects, converts and processes waste vegetable oil—known as “yellow grease”-- from local businesses into biodiesel. The fleets’ transition was scheduled to begin yesterday with the fueling of 28 trucks from the Brooklyn fleet. After this initial testing period in New York City, the companies plan to transition the remainder of their fleet to biodiesel as well (500 vehicles in 16 locations).

As a result of the conversion to a B20 blend, GreenDepot and Marjam expect to realize an aggregate carbon dioxide reduction of 259.7 tons over a one-year period. According to EPA calculations, this is equivalent to taking 45 automobiles off the road for a one-year period.

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