Post office goes green: Three trucks run on biofuel |

Post office goes green: Three trucks run on biofuel

Susan Wood
Janet Twyman, rural carrier supervisor, stands near one of three biodiesel trucks the post office is using. / Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune

The South Lake Tahoe post office has gone green to keep Tahoe blue, opting to operate its heavy trucks on biodiesel over the last few months.

The postal chain, which operates five offices in Meyers, Bijou, Al Tahoe, Tahoe Valley and the soon-to-close Eloise Avenue location, runs mail from these stations to the distribution centers. Three of the five 2.5-ton trucks run on the farm-grown vegetable oil from soy beans, which is suitable for any diesel engine.

The change hasn’t cost much but is a way of giving back to the Tahoe environment – an initial concept proposed by clerk, Neil Lake, when the Roadrunner gas station became one of three stations in California selling the LC Biofuels.

According to the National Biodiesel Board, the name refers to a clean-burning alternative fuel produced from domestic, renewable resources. It contains no petroleum and serves as the only alternative fuel to have fully completed the health effects testing requirements of the 1990 Clean Air Act.

“We thought it was our responsibility,” rural carrier supervisor Janet Twyman said, citing the U.S. Post Office as being one of the largest fleets in the world. One truck logs 25,000 miles a year.

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