British Columbia Restaurants Get A New Mark Of Distinction With The Restaurant Green Zone Program

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 24 /CNW/ - Restaurant patrons across British Columbia
will soon have a new display sticker to watch out for on restaurant doors and
cash registers. Port Coquitlam, B.C. based, ERM BioSource has launched the
"Restaurant Green Zone" recognition program for participating restaurants
which will debut at the BC Food Service Show being held from January 27-28.
The Restaurant Green Zone notifies patrons which restaurants are recycling
their used cooking/frying oils for conversion into biofuels (like biodiesel)
in British Columbia.
    "We are the only program that pays ALL restaurants for their
contribution," says Mike Perrier, President and CEO of ERM BioSource parent
company Effective Resource Management, Inc. The Restaurant Green Zone pays
$0.05 per litre for qualifying used frying oil. However, the restaurant has
the option of donating their payment to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of
British Columbia.
    The program is supported by the British Columbia Restaurant and Food
Service Association (BCRFA). "The program is a success on two fronts because
it ensures that the cooking oils used are good for the heart and the planet,"
says Sharron Tulk, Director of Marketing for BCRFA. The Restaurant Green Zone
only accepts non-hydrogenated oils from participating restaurants. Therefore,
clients will have peace of mind seeing The Restaurant Green Zone Sticker.
    For those restaurants that do not qualify for the program due to poor
oil, ERM BioSource has partnered with the Heart and Stroke Foundation to
launch the CONVERT Campaign. ERM BioSource has secured special pricing
incentives from major food distributors, like Neptune Foods, to help patrons
switch to non-hydrogenated oils. Some municipalities are getting on board with
recognition programs for restaurants that convert.

    Effective Resource Management, Inc., a participating member of the
Recycling Council of British Columbia, is a processing facility for biofuels
servicing the needs of British Columbia.
    Flyers and registration forms for restaurants can be picked up at the BC
Food Service Show (BC PLACE) BCRFA Booth No.228 or by calling ERM BioSource


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For further information:

For further information: Robert J. Greene, ERM BioSource, (604)

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