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High profile truck to run on used veggie oil


MADISON (WKOW) -- A recognizeable vehicle around Madison getting a bit of an environmental makeover.  The local owner of the 1-800-GOT-JUNK truck pulled into the Prairie Fire Biofuels Co-op Monday morning.

Workers will retool the vehicle to run on used vegetable oil, as well as its standard diesel.  The co-op began selling used vegetable oil straight from the pump earlier this year

"Having a separate fuel system allows us to run on either diesel fuel or vegetable oil, and in this case, it's going to allow us to save about 50-cents on our fuel costs," said franchise owner John Patterson.

Patterson said he spent $10,000 on diesel last year.  He's hoping to save about $1,700 this year with used vegetable oil.

A corporate spokesperson tells us this will be the first of its trucks in North America to be on the alternative fuel.

The conversion will be completed Wednesday.

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