On April and May 2014, RecOil project is in the schools of Castrovillari town thanks to the action of ALESSCO.In cooperation with the Municipality of Castrovillari, elementary and middle school students have tested a separate waste and a used cooked oil collection. The educational tour involved over 1.000 students of 7 schools. Children have been the promoters of RECOIL message: “Use the oil of the kitchen for the production of biodiesel”. It have been explained to the students the advantages of used cooked oil collection, how to recycle it and the damages that causes to the environment if not well-disposed. We believe that our communication and educational strategy starts from students and children, also because they can influence and lead adults to a correct behavior to contribute to save the planet.




High school students, thanks to the lab-created by RecOil project, have been leaded and guided on the steps for used cooked oil processing into biodiesel. It was showed how the results can be obtained passing from bulb to bulb, measuring potassium hydroxide, methanol and other items required by transesterification: the biodiesel!


Biodiesel (fatty acid methyl esters), which is derived from triglycerides by transesterification with methanol, has attracted considerable attention during the past decade as a renewable, biodegradable, and nontoxic fuel. Several processes for biodiesel fuel production have been developed, among which transesterification using alkali-catalysis gives high levels of conversion of triglycerides to their corresponding methyl esters in short reaction times. This process has therefore been widely utilized for biodiesel fuel production in a number of countries. Recently, enzymatic transesterification using lipase has become more attractive for biodiesel fuel production, since the glycerol produced as a by-product can easily be recovered and the purification of fatty methyl esters is simple to accomplish. The main hurdle to the commercialization of this system is the cost of lipase production. As a means of reducing the cost, the use of whole cell biocatalysts immobilized within biomass support particles is significantly advantageous since immobilization can be achieved spontaneously during batch cultivation, and in addition, no purification is necessary. The lipase production cost can be further lowered using genetic engineering technology, such as by developing lipases with high levels of expression and/or stability towards methanol. Hence, whole cell biocatalysts appear to have great potential for industrial application.



Info Point


It was inaugurated the new info-point in the City of Castrovillari on UCO collection. By the Info-Point it will be distributed brochures and information material on RecOil. The info-point is a service for citizens and support the City of Castrovillari in promoting UCO collection.