used cooking oil; collection point;
Another filling station network has joined the used household cooking oil collection program.
More and more people are aware that used cooking oil should not be poured down the drain, as it is extremely harmful. The correct procedure is to collect it at home in a plastic bottle and then drop it off at designated collection points.
In Hungary, households and large-scale kitchens and restaurants use 25,000 to 50,000 tons of cooking oil every year – however, only 2 percent of this is collected. A single drop of this can contaminate up to a thousand liters of living water. With each liter of used cooking oil collected and recycled, our environment can be freed from as much carbon dioxide emissions as if we had driven 90 kilometers less.
Shell announced on Monday that 44 of the 193 filling stations in its network in Hungary can now drop off used cooking oil, and by the end of the year, 120 of its gas stations will be able to place the oil produced in households in Alteo’s 240-liter plastic collection containers. Biotrans Kft. takes the filled containers to its own premises, where after the sedimentation process they are transported to plants producing biofuel. The biofuel is then mixed with the fuel used in motor vehicles by the fuel dealers – in the manner stipulated in the legislation and in the prescribed ratio – so that the emissions of traffic can be reduced.
For the longest time, you can drop off used cooking oil at Mol filling stations. It is currently available at 65 of their gas stations. You can do this at 11 Lukoil filling stations. Grocery store chains are also increasingly active in this area. The COOP supermarket chain has been dealing with collection for a long time, their oil points are available in almost 500 places in the country. The store gives you a coupon that can be redeemed at the time of purchase for the delivered used cooking oil. Spar Hungary launched its recycling program in 2021. Currently, used cooking oil can be sold in 45 hypermarkets and supermarkets in bottles, PET bottles, or even filled back into its own packaging. At Aldi, at the end of last year, containers were placed at the entrances of 20 stores, and by the end of the installation process, cooking oil in plastic bottles will be available at 100 stores out of 152. Lidl started installing the collection points in April this year, and there are currently drop-off options available in six of their stores. Tesco also started testing take-back in eight of its stores in April.
Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.
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