By producing up to 5 million gallons of biodiesel annually, Buster Biofuels seeks to fill the gap between the supply and demand for biodiesel in San Diego.

Buster Biofuels will produce about 5 million gallons of biodiesel annually by converting a 7,300-square-foot industrial warehouse into a commercial-scale production facility. Used cooking oil and other waste material will be diverted from landfills and processed into American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)-grade biodiesel fuel, which is blended with regular petroleum diesel fuel.

Buster Biofuels has significantly increased its collection of recycled fats, oils, and greases for several years through a network of nearly 1,000 restaurants and facilities in the Los Angeles and San Diego regions.

Based on advanced process engineering and reduced heating requirements, the new plant will use less energy than traditional plants.

Buster Biofuels provides fuel to local customers. Past customers include San Dieguito Union High School District for its school buses and Cannon Pacific Services in San Marcos for its street sweepers. It also serves the commercial market throughout California.

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Photos courtesy of Buster Biofuels, LLC



  • Displaces the need for as much as 5 million gallons of petroleum diesel and lowers the cost of biodiesel in the San Diego region.

  • Eliminates roughly 29,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Creates 28 construction jobs and 16 to 18 permanent jobs.

  • Diverts from the landfill nearly 5.65 million gallons of used cooking oil per year.

  • Reduces carbon footprints of restaurants and other businesses.

  • Effectively leveraged public investment, garnering more than $8 million in private investment.

Type of Project

Biofuels: Biodiesel

ARFVTP Award Amount



Under construction. The biorefinery expects to be operational by late 2015.


Location of Buster Biofuels, LLC in California


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