Hotels Unaware that Used Cooking Oil Can Yield Biodiesel
by Akshatha.M (Economic Times) What happens to the edible oil in restaurants after it is used for frying? Apparently, it is sold to wedding caterers or street vendors for reuse, if it is still usable. If unusable, the used oil is picked up by vendors who supply it to soap manufacturing industries. A city-based restaurateur sells used edible oil for ?200 a tin (of 15 kg) to a vendor and he does not know what happens next.
Bengaluru generates a huge quantity of oil and grease waste (there is no official data available on the quantity of oil waste generated) but lacks guidelines or a system to dispose of used edible oils. In 2014, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy had issued a notification directing all state governments to prevent reuse of used cooking oil and rather use it for the production of biodiesel.
Those working in the biodiesel industry say bulk generators of used edible oil prefer soap industries for two reasons: price and lack of awareness. “Whenever we try to buy used oil from hoteliers, vendors who supply oil to soap manufacturers quote a slightly higher price (to hoteliers) and ensure that they get the used oil,” a biodiesel manufacturer said. READ MORE