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Responcible glycerin disposal

A friend has been making bioD for two years now but never had a plan for his glycerin disposal. He now has over 300 gallons of raw glycerin he needs to get rid of. He does not want to dump it illegally or pay for its disposal but is willing to haul it locally to whomever can use it.

What sort of industry will gladly take this raw glycerin? Where are the home brewers taking theirs? What are the commercial bioD producers doing with theirs?

Our recycling centers at the dump will grudgingly take 15 gallons at a time but he has >300 gallons! (I told him to convert his Powerstroke but he was insistent on building a processor).

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build a still and get the methanol out and then he can just dump it in his yard or sell it. Go to there are guys looking to buy it because they are looking to distill the methanol out of it.

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Or, use it as heating fuel. Here's your huckleberry... Glycerin burning technology from AlterHeat

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I'm sure there are more informed sources than me, however from what I know.......yes, you can compost glycerin if it's derived from potassium hydroxide and NOT sodium hydroxide.

Second, and most importantly......... however you choose to "burn" the glycerin just be advised that when it burns at or around 400 degrees farenheit that it produces a gas called Acrolein which is a nasty hazardous carcinogenic that I'm sure you don't wanna try to inhale

I guess if it's in an enlosed type burner or whatever it'd be fine but I don't think many people have been burning it any amount of time to say exactly which way or type of burner is safe

A company or business that makes soap should also gladly take the glycerin and that's what I'd do first

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