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Below household collection campaigns run in different places in the world. Just press the drop-down button to read:

SF Greasecycle in San Francisco

With the motto "A recycling program that turns a big mess into big benefits" San Francisco has taken a comprehensive approach to the recovery of Used Cooking Oil - the programme includes households, restaurants and catering. Collection points have been placed at strategic locations in town and residents have been informed (in English, Spanish and Chinese).

Although the municipality found that households do not produce large quantities of used cooking oil, they have noticed that small quantities poured into the sewers have caused major problems. Now UCO is transformed into biodiesel and is used to run city buses.

A study shows that the cost of dealing with grease clogged sewers in San Francisco (820 000 inhabitants) is about 3,5 million dollars per year, i.e. 4,27$ / inhabitant / year).

Source: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Öli in Austria

Öli is a Used Cooking Oil (UCO) collection system that began in 1999 in Tirol, Austria - since then recycling containers have been distributed to one million households and restaurants. The collected UCO is recycled into biodiesel.

After the introduction of the Öli system the collection of household UCO in Austria has increased from 0,3 kg/inhabitant/year to 1 kg/inhabitant/year - the municipality that collects the most per resident receives an award each year.

The collection is made using plastic jars that are regularly picked up by a truck, replacing the filled bucket with a new clean container - plastic jars are emptied, washed and re-used.

Source: Öli

Alpha Biofuels in Singapore

Alpha Biofuels is a Singapore based company dedicated to the Used Cooking Oil (UCO). Besides collecting UCO from restaurant and residentials, they run educational programmes in schools, community projects and information campaigns in various ways. Alpha Biofuels has started various projects to promote the use of green energy, like the "Waste oil for fuel" - collecting UCO from restaurants in exchange for biodiesel for their transport fleet.

Households are invited to take their UCO in plastic bottles to community collection points spread around the city. The UCO is then transformed into biodiesel and sold to petrol stations and fleet owners.

Source: Alpha Biofuels

FatHopes Energy, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The problem in Malaysia is not the clogging in the sewers, since used cooking oil has been collected for many years. The big problem is that collected used cooking oil is being redirected back into the supply chain of new oil.

To try to tackle this problem FatHopes Energy is starting a first-of-its-kind Internet–enabled waste cooking oil collection campaign across 22 secondary schools & colleges in the Klang Valley, Malaysia.

Students simply need to collect cooking oil used at home, bring it to school and swipe their RFID enabled ID-cards, in order to link their contribution to their account online. This credits them with 'Easy Points' redeemable for food and drinks at their school canteen.

The UCO collected is converted into biodiesel, which is then returned to the school for use in their buses, significantly reducing indoor air pollution, currently caused by the burning of fossil diesel in their engines.

Source: FatHopes Energy's School UCO collection campaign "Easy Program", Kuala Lumpur

FatHopes Energy website

Information campaign in Murcia region, Spain

In 2008 an extensive information campaign took place in Murcia to overcome problems that UCO was causing to the region's sewer system. The main goal was to inform households about the consequences that UCO causes in the sewage system and the benefits of recycling it into biodiesel.

The information campaign was broadcasted in radio and TV; merchandising like T-shirts, aprons, tote bags and EkoFunnels together with information leaflets were handed out to all households through door-knocking, strategic information points and meetings.

After a six month-campaign, 40,000 liters had been collected in 600 containers placed at strategic locations (about 1 container / 2000 inhabitants).


Source: Región de Murcia

Plan Bio, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The particularity of the campaign in Buenos Aires province is that residents are asked to take their Used Cooking Oil to social centers affiliated to the program, which then work as collection points. The benefits of the recycling of the UCO into biodiesel are donated to these organizations, which range from kindergartens or schools to churches and workshops for disabled people.

Source: Plan Bio, Buenos Aires Province

MOL, Hungary

In Hungary the initiative has come from the private sector. MOL is a Hungarian oil and gas company that strives to help and facilitate residents to quickly, simply and in an environmentally-friendly manner “get rid of” the used cooking oil.

Specific storage tanks have been installed at 100 MOL stations in Hungary. The only thing residents have to do is to hand over their used cooking oil. When a resident hands over the UCO for the first time, they are given a practical vessel for comfortable and drip-free collection of UCO.

A company then collects the oil from the filling stations and, following some treatment and purification, it is delivered to a biofuel plant, where biofuel is produced and blended into diesel fuel as bio-component.

Source: MOL