• Ron Kotrba

Charlotte-area UCO collector introduces larger, newly designed steel tanks


Photo: Sustainable Origins

Sustainable Origins, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based subsidiary of Canadian firm Forza Innovations Inc., announced Sept. 26 the rollout of its newly designed steel storage tanks.



The company places these tanks at customer locations, where they are utilized to store used cooking oil (UCO) that is then collected and converted into biodiesel with help from its partners Denver Waterjet, Zoom Drain, Blue Ridge Biofuels and Dealva Wilson Agency.



Photo: Sustainable Origins

The tanks have a higher storage capacity that will allow the company to sign larger accounts.



The company will be able to serve a new category of clients, including large supermarket chains and commercial kitchens.



Sustainable Origins’ stated that its next step is to develop automated systems for clients so that the company can begin to pursue large restaurant groups.



The company has an agreement in place with a group that owns 20 Popeyes chicken restaurants where, if it can show proof of concept in one store, Sustainable Origins can expand into all 20 locations. This should be completed within the next month, the company stated.



Sustainable Origins is also negotiating an agreement with TankDepot to sell its steel tanks nationwide to other used cooking oil collection companies.



From left, President Alex Stone and CEO Aloysius Callaghan (Photo: Sustainable Origins)

Finally, the company is starting to hire a sales force as well as additional drivers to grow its Charlotte, North Carolina, business. Earlier this year, in March, Sustainable Origins acquired Denver, North Carolina-based Oil Industries LLC, the same month that Forza Innovations closed on its acquisition of Sustainable Origins.



“We expect the next few months to be very productive,” said Alex Stone, president of Sustainable Origins. “As we expand our team and develop new technologies, the sky’s the limit. At Sustainable Origins, we know that with great growth comes great responsibility, especially to the environment.”

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