Fuel Recovery Puts Dollars In Your Pocket
Fuel reclamation, or reusing the fuel drained from salvaged vehicles, is a great idea for small auto recycling facilities. But, the more your business grows, the more fuel you amass, the more places you need to find to store it. That’s where a fuel recovery company, like Lamb Fuels, Inc., comes in. Lamb Fuels buys the fuel drained from vehicles, filters it, blends it with new, refined fuels and then sells it to end users.
“Our primary customers are going to be those facilities that generate more fuel than they can utilize internally or don’t want to use it internally,” said Greg Lamb, president of Lamb Fuels (http://www.lambfuels. com). “You could be a high-volume, full-service yard that doesn’t want to use the fuel and we would come in and buy it.”
Lamb said some customers just don’t want to redistribute the fuel to company vehicles or employees, or deal with putting a policy in place to do so. He added that in most cases, many customers are just concerned with the logistical problem of where to store the excess fuel, and that’s how the fuel recovery industry really began.
“The concept didn’t come about until the early 1990s when the self-service model appeared in southern California,” he explained. “What they experienced was they processed so many vehicles, they couldn’t give the fuel away.”
But, there is more to fuel reclamation than just draining it into a bucket and calling Lamb Fuels. There are several things that can contaminate the fuel, including exposure to the elements and collection and storage containers, which can cost you money when you try to sell it to a recovery company.
“Anyone can empty a fuel tank,” said Lamb. “But, to provide the knowledge and solutions to the auto recycler to produce a high-quality gasoline from the vehicles they recycle is a complete program and process - outside of just going and sucking it out of a gas tank.”
Lamb Fuels has a fleet of 20 trucks stationed across the county. The business covers major metropolitan areas and the entire East Coast, the South, up the West Coast and most of the Midwest. A highvolume auto recycler may need to be serviced every few weeks, but it ultimately depends on the amount of vehicles the facility buys, the amount of storage it has and the quality of fuel.
Each of Lamb Fuel’s drivers, or field technicians, can come onsite to check the fuel for color and clarity and evaluate what processes need to be in place to sell a good product.
“Our mission is to provide the more innovative fuel recovery solutions to our customers to maximize their savings and revenue to sustain our growth and recover the highest quality fuel available,” said Lamb. “When we go into a facility we look at the entire process. We survey the entire site to find out how we can implement the best process for their facility and what it is they have in place to process the vehicles.”