Vail Valley cooking oil wanted |

Vail Valley cooking oil wanted

VAIL, Colorado ” Adam Hall hopes he can give the Vail Valley’s deep-fry oil new life.

Hall and his Boulder-based company, Rocky Mountain Sustainable Enterprises, are building a plant near Denver to recycle used cooking oil into biodiesel that could power cars and trucks.

The company is expanding its scope to target Eagle County restaurants. Hall was in town this week trying to drum up business.

“This is a great, low-cost way for (restaurants) to help the environment and take the Vail Valley toward sustainability in another way,” Hall said.

It costs about $15 a month to hire the company to take away used oil in 55-gallon steel drums.

“Basically, it’s like a trash service,” Hall said.

The company’s new plant, to be built northeast of Denver and completed by 2009, will be able to process 4.5 million gallons of biodiesel per year, Hall said. The company will likely sell its biofuel to large companies that have fleets of cars or trucks, he added.

With gas prices rising, biodiesel makes more and more sense, Hall said.

“A lot of folks are now viewing biofuel as part of the answer to our environmental problems,” he said.

The Tap Room in Vail Village is one restaurant that has signed up for the company’s service. Steve Kaufman, an owner of the restaurant, said he was attracted by the biodiesel aspect. Plus, the service makes sense both economically and environmentally, he said.

“It’s a win-win,” he said.

Contact Adam Hall, marketing manager at Rocky Mountain Sustainable Enterprises, at 303-544-1500 or For more information, go to

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or

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