In Denmark collection of UCO from private households is unknown territory. This is partly because of the Danish cooking traditions which do not involve a lot of deep frying, and partly because of the Danish tradition for incineration of waste for combined heat and power production.

 

Danes eat a lot of meat and dairy products which can also be used for biodiesel production along with UCO, so there is definitely a potential for collection. Especially at the moment, because in the fall of 2013 the Danish government launched a new so-called resource plan which gives the municipalities new ambitious targets for recycling of waste in order to benefit the environment and reutilize the resources in our waste. The days where everything is incinerated are over, but do Danes have enough UCO and fats left over in their kitchens to make collection economically feasible? And will they bother or just continue pouring it down the drain or in the garbage bin as they are used to?

 

In the RecOil project we will launch the first pilot project with collection of UCO and fats from households ever done in Denmark in order to answer these questions. The first collection system will be launched in February and run until July in the Municipality of Viborg. The municipality is located in the Central Denmark region and six collection points will be set up for its 95,000 inhabitants. The locations are set up in so-called recycling lots, where people can drop off other kinds of waste for recycling as well.

 

In order to determine what difference it will make if people do not have to bring the collection buckets to the recycling lot themselves, the people in the small village of Ørum (approx. 1000 inhabitants) will have their UCO collected by the renovation trucks that remove their other waste. It will be interesting to see what effect this will have on people’s desire to collect.

 

Agro Business Park’s partners in the Danish pilot project are Revas - the public waste handling organization in Viborg Municipality and leading Danish biodiesel producer Daka.

 

 

Source: ABP