From Food To Fuel: Olive Oil Powers Pittsburgh Truck

  • Scott Detrow


Is the next new fuel fad….olive oil? The organizers of a Pittsburgh-area effort aimed at collecting used oil from restaurants and turning it into biofuels hope so.
The Post-Gazette has the details on an olive and vegetable oil-fueled truck that’s driving from eatery to eatery in Oakland.

 It’s GTECH Strategies’ alternative-energy vehicle in a pilot campaign to collect waste cooking oil in a concentrated area.
The project has nine Oakland restaurants contributing so far.
Ting Yen stores about 35 pounds of used oil a day in the basement of Sushi Fuku on Oakland Avenue, including contributions from the owner of Oishii Bento across the street. He had previously contracted with a private company that paid him for the oil but he liked GTECH’s local pitch.