Every Drop Counts! Joslin Diabetes Center’s Surplus Fuel Oil Makes a Trip From Boston to Wakefield to be Recycled and Donated With the Help of Commtan
When Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston realized it had fuel oil left in a 4,000 gallon oil tank slated for removal, the non-profit institution, which has been in Boston for 110 years, knew what it wanted to do.
“We wanted to donate the oil to Citizens Energy so we could make a positive impact on our community,” said Guy Lentini, Director of Facilities at Joslin. “But, we needed someone to help us with the process.”
Lentini found the help he needed when he contacted Kevin Hoag, President of CommTank in Wakefield, MA, which has removed and installed thousands of oil and fuel storage tanks throughout the Boston metro area.
“CommTank was great to work with,” noted Lentini. “They came in, drained the fuel oil in the tank, removed the tank at a reduced rate, and recycled the oil making it suitable for donation. The oil was collected in Boston, taken to CommTank’s headquarters in Wakefield for recycling, and redistributed directly to non-profit organizations under the guidance of Citizens Energy.”
Joslin Diabetes Center is the latest in a long list of clients that CommTank has aided over the years, helping them make a difference with their unused fuel. CommTank has literally recycled tens of thousands of gallons of fuel oil; collecting, cleaning, and filtering particulates out of the oil. CommTank then stores the oil and redistributes it, delivering the recycled oil directly to non-profit organizations in need as designated by Citizens Energy.
CommTank’s Hoag notes, “Few companies have the proper licensing and the facilities necessary to carry out the multi-step operation of recycling fuel oil. We do have that capability and are pleased to aid Citizens Energy in their mission.”
Non-profit organizations that have benefited from this effort include the Pine Street Inn, the YMCA in Malden, MA, the Chelsea YMCA and Somerville High School to name a few. For more information about donating the oil from an unused oil tank, please contact CommTank or Citizens Energy.
About Joslin Diabetes Center
Joslin Diabetes Center is the world’s largest diabetes clinic, diabetes research center and provider of diabetes education. Joslin is dedicated to ensuring people with diabetes live long, healthy lives and offers real hope and progress toward diabetes prevention and a cure for the disease. Founded in 1898 by Elliott P. Joslin, M.D., Joslin is an independent nonprofit institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School. For more information on Joslin, call 1-800-JOSLIN-1 or visit www.joslin.org.
About Citizens Energy
Created in response to the oil crisis of the late 1970’s, the Citizens Energy Oil Heat Program has delivered millions of gallons of discount home heating oil to poor and elderly households in Massachusetts and the Northeast since 1979. This unique program helps protect needy families from volatile heating oil prices, which often leave households having to choose between heating the home and paying for other life essentials, such as food, health care, or clothing.
CommTank, founded in 1994 and located at 84 New Salem Street in Wakefield, MA, specializes in the removal and installation of above and underground storage tanks, generator tanks, onsite fuel filtering and testing, site remediation, i.e. emergency spill response, site assessment, excavation, and site closure.
CommTank’s services are available Monday through Saturday, with emergency service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. CommTank’s service area includes most areas of Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. For further information please visit www.commtank.com, or call 1-877-66 TANKS or 1-800-628-8260.
Source by Steve Dubin