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Website helps businesses exchange biomass materials

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The biofuel industry is a young one, but it is getting a boost online. NCBiomassTrader.org provides a marketplace for buyers and sellers of materials that can be reused instead of being thrown away.

Eco-Collection Systems in Wilmington is a business that converts used frying oil into a format ready to use to make bio diesel. It is one of the first companies to take advantage of this website and has already seen some success.

“Well we’ve had several people across the state who have contacted us and would like to purchase our product. We’ve also put our listing in as far as our need or want to buy the used oil from the restaurants,” said Cameron Calhoun of Eco-Collection Systems.

Tuesday morning, Calhoun received an e-mail from a potential customer outside of Atlanta who is looking to buy; a buyer who would not know of his services otherwise.

“It makes the information available in an easy format so that people who are purchasing large amounts of frying oil can find people like me who have it for sale,” added Calhoun.

Like the industry itself, Eco-Collection Systems is quite young. In the first year of production, the company has already sold thirteen tanker loads of oil to the bio diesel industry, and plan on growing quickly from here.

“I’ll also be happy as that website grows, as the network continues to build. Again, we’re doing business with people that we weren’t doing business with a month ago when we look to be saying that in the years to come with this website,” Calhoun said.

The website has plenty of reusable materials available including wood chips, saw dust, as well as used cooking oil. To learn more about the program or to donate used oil, visit NCBiomassTrader.org.

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videoA new website is helping businesses exchange materials that may otherwise become waste. NCBiomassTrader.org is already having an impact locally.

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