March 16, 2012 > Renewable Resource
Evergreen has been a part of the Newark community since 1984. Many of our neighbors may not know what we do, so let's get back to the basics.
Evergreen re-refines oil. OK, so what does that mean? It means we turn used motor oil into a renewable resource indefinitely. We offer a "closed-loop" process that allows the used oil we collect to become a renewable resource forever.
Every drop of used motor oil we collect is converted back to its original state, or it's turned into other products like fuel gas, fuel oil and asphalt. Frankly, we're proud of this, because while it's good to "recycle" and "reuse", we're actually "renewing."
This makes us one of the first and truly green companies in our area. We were green before it became fashionable and we're continuing to get better. Train 1, the original line for re-refinement, began in 1986. While it's currently not operating, we have completed a full internal and external inspection of all vessels and equipment and are beginning to make repairs and replacements as needed. We are committed to ensuring that Train 1 is fit for service before restart.
We have met with the city's Chief Building Inspector and the Deputy Fire Marshall of the Alameda County Fire Department to begin the permit application process. We are working closely with the department to prevent delays. Furthermore, we continue to meet all requirements from Cal-OSHA, the Alameda County Department of Public Health, the Newark Engineering Division, the Newark Community Development Department and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
Train 2, we're proud to report, has been producing since October. Meanwhile, we're completing projects required by the city and Alameda County Fire Department to get a final permit for Train 2. To meet our commitment to the city and to finish our projects, we will begin a two-week shutdown of Train 2 in April. We are serious about safety; we will always work with our local regulators.
Until April, Train 2 will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and continue to provide the environmentally smart products our customers depend on.