If all Danes collected used cooking oil and fat it could amount to approx. 17,500 tonnes per year and thereby increase the Danish biodiesel production – currently taking place at DAKA Biodiesel – with a third. On top of the value as biodiesel it would, according to Austrian calculations, save Danish water treatment plants 50 million Kroner per year as a consequence of people pouring it into the kitchen zink.

 

At the same time we can potentially reduce CO2 emissions with approx. 45,000 tonnes annually and become less dependent on fossil fuels. Agro Business Park has carried out a small trial project with collection of used cooking oil and fat in 20 private households and the amount collected in the two-month trial amounted to 875 gram per household. In a year this will be 5.25 kilos and perhaps more because the trial did not take place over Christmas and Easter where Danes traditionally cook meals that give more leftover grease. Although it may be impossible to get everyone to collect, it would still make a big difference if just a third of Danish households did it.

 

The trial project has been carried out in relation to the RecOil project which is part financed by Intelligent Energy Europe and which – apart from Agro Business Park – has 10 partners mainly from Southern European countries, such as Greece and Spain. Countries where you typically deep fry. The used cooking oil and fat collected in Denmark mainly consists of animal fat and it may be relevant to mention that Denmark is the most meat consuming country in the world by far.

 

Hence there are great perspectives in collection from private households. RecOil project manager in Agro Business Park, Henning Lyngsø Foged, says: “Some types of food waste is inevitable, but the least we can do it utilize this waste in a sensible way and that is the road we must take if we are to transform ourselves into a fossil free bio-based society.”

 

DAKA ReFood and Agro Business Park will now launch a pilot project in a larger scale on used cooking oil and fat from households.

 

 

 

Source: Agro Business Park.