American By-Products fuels Big Green Bus

June 14, 2012 Courtyard by Marriott New York-JFK Airport Partners with American By-Products Recyclers LLC, Queens Tourism Council & New York Mets to Show the Green in Queens

Queens Tourism Council Members to donate Waste Vegetable Oil to Re-fuel Dartmouth’s Big Green Bus at NYC stop June 14th on 24 state, 12,000 Mile Journey

QUEENS, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Courtyard by Marriott New York-JFK Airport hotel, with American By-Products Recyclers LLC are proud to be working with Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC) and the Queens Tourism Council to show how “green” Queens is, as the Borough welcomes Dartmouth’s Big Green Bus (www.thebiggreenbus.org) to NYC where it will receive donated waste vegetable oil (WVO) to help fuel the bus.

“The timing of this initiative is ideal, with New York City’s legislative law 194-A known as ‘NYC Bio-Heat 2012’ due to take effect this fall”
In its eighth year, the completely student run Dartmouth Big Green Bus hits the road traveling 12,000 miles across 24 states on a reused, veggie-powered Greyhound bus. Through collaborative community events, the Big Green Bus hopes to foster dialogue to connect environmentalism with community involvement. By inspiring action at a local level, the bus’s mission is to create a future that sustains people, the environment and the economy. The Courtyard by Marriott New York-JFK Airport is donating WVO from its kitchen over the next month to help fuel the Big Green Bus. American By-Products Recyclers LLC has agreed to donate their services to collect this waste vegetable oil as well as from other participating Queens businesses. American By-Products Recyclers will donate additional waste vegetable oil needed to ensure a minimum of 110 gallons is provided to fuel the bus. The Laughing Devil Comedy Club, El Ay Si restaurant and other members of the Queens Tourism Council are pitching in, including the New York Mets participation in cooperation with the WVO recycler for Citi Field, A & L Recyclers.

“The timing of this initiative is ideal, with New York City’s legislative law 194-A known as ‘NYC Bio-Heat 2012’ due to take effect this fall,” said Todd MaGee of American By-Products Recyclers. “This important initiative passed into law by the City Council and signed by Mayor Bloomberg in 2010 requires that all heating oil used in New York City commercial boilers use a percentage of Biodiesel, phased-in starting this October. An end product of waste vegetable oil is bio diesel, showing that our efforts in Queens support the environmental goals of NYC and the community in which we do business.” Businesses interested in donating waste vegetable oil can American By-Products Recyclers at 1-800-825-0630.

On Thursday, June 14th from 7:00 p.m. the Dartmouth Big Green Bus will stop at APEC located at 228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston, Queens. Local organizations, community and government members will be invited to tour the Big Green Bus and engage in dialogue with the students while bringing exposure to the educational programs of the APEC. For more information, visit http://www.alleypond.com.

“The Mets have an ongoing commitment to sustainable environmental programs at Citi Field including converting our frying oil into bio-diesel fuel through our partnership with ARAMARK and A & L Recycling,” said Dave Howard, Executive Vice President, Business Operations, New York Mets. “We’re pleased to help the Big Green Bus fuel up during its stop in Queens as it travels across America to raise awareness about green initiatives.”

“Economic growth is vital to a community, but it can be achieved in environmentally friendly ways,” stated Seth Bornstein, executive director of the Queens Economic Development Corporation, which spearheads the Queens Tourism Council. “Thanks to the Big Green Bus and other participants in this eye-opening trip, and please enjoy your stay in our borough.”

Tim McGlinchey, Courtyard by Marriott New York-JFK Airport manager continued: “Seeing the enthusiasm and unique vehicle with which the Dartmouth Students deliver their message made it easy to find businesses in Queens that wanted to be involved.”

American By-Products Recyclers LLC is a family-owned and operated company that collects used cooking oil from restaurants all over New York and New Jersey. The company slogan, “Green Since 1914”, is fundamental to its mission to make a green impact, and help reduce our country’s dependence on imported fuels. American By-Products Recyclers has seen four generations of family ownership and in 2014 will proudly celebrate 100 years of service to our clients. The waste cooking oil is recycled for use in biodiesel at the company’s own state-of-the art facility. For more information about American By-Products Recyclers LLC and our mission, please visit http://www.americanby-products.com or call (800) 825-0630.

The Courtyard by Marriott New York-JFK Airport is located adjacent to New York’s JFK International Airport, conveniently located to metro area businesses and attractions via the LIRR/JFK AirTrain. The hotel features complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as The Bistro with healthy offerings for breakfast, lunch, dinner, evening cocktails, and 24-hour Starbucks®. A proud member of the Queens Tourism Council, the Hotel Association of NYC, The Queens Chamber of Commerce, and the JFK Chamber of Commerce; to learn more visit: http://www.marriott.com/nycjf. Connect on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/CourtyardByMarriottJFK.

Since the opening of Citi Field in 2009, the Mets have shown a commitment to developing environmentally-friendly operations. The ballpark was designed and built with recycled concrete and construction vehicles were fueled with ultra-low sulfur diesel. The Mets, in partnership with ARAMARK, compost in all kitchens, suites, clubs and restaurants, and grass clippings from the field are also being composted. Fryer oil is recycled in all concession stands, kitchens, clubs and restaurants with A & L Recycling Inc. converting the waste frying oil into biodiesel fuel, which is used in biodiesel-ready field equipment. In addition, the Mets recycle cans, bottles and cardboard, and purchase compostable utensils and post-consumer recycled cups, plates and napkins. www.Mets.com

About the Queens Tourism Council

QTC is a diverse coalition of more than 30 hotels, entertainment venues, restaurants and cultural institutions from all over the borough. Its mission is to promote Queens as a fantastic place to stay, eat, experience culture, watch sports, enjoy nature and have family fun.

For additional information on tourism in Queens, visit www.discoverqueens.info.