INA to Start Collecting Waste Cooking Oil

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Engine oil is not the only kind of oil INA is interested in.

On Monday, the Croatian national oil company INA presented its pilot project for collecting waste cooking oil, which was launched on thirty of selected INA’s retail outlets in central Croatia, reports N1 on October 16, 2017.

“In Croatia, households generate around nine million litres of waste cooking oil annually or more than two litres per capita, and its recycling has now become easier than ever,” announced the company.

Citizens who recycle waste cooking oil are invited to come to one of the selected locations and receive INA’s special funnel which will facilitate them with the collection of oil in their households.

Director of INA’s Advanced Technologies and Product Development Department Tea Tonković Pleša pointed out that, for the disposal of waste cooking oil, “it is no longer necessary to look for recycling yards. Now you can do it while buying your fuel, food, or simply while driving.”

The presentation of the INA’s new “green” service on Monday at the Maksimirska-North gas station in Zagreb was attended by local food bloggers Željka Gulan and Darko Kontin, who emphasized that waste oil could be useful and at the same time harmful to the environment, adding that everybody should be aware that edible waste oil should not just be poured out in a drain.

President of the Association for Sustainable Development of Croatia Matija Hlebar pointed out the need for recycling of all kinds of waste, including edible oil. “Such oil is biodegradable, but if it ends up in the environment in larger quantities, it can temporarily contaminate soil and jeopardise the growth of plants, while in the water it can also endanger animals because it is caught in their fur and feathers. At the same time, it is a valuable raw material because recycled cooking oil can be used in the production of bio-diesel, soap, detergents and synthetic rubber,” said Hlebar.

INA announced that the oil would be collected in accordance with applicable regulations, while the removal of containers from INA’s retail outlets will be carried out by the Agroproteinka company, which has a waste management license in the Republic of Croatia and which is cooperating with INA on this pilot project.

Over the next year, INA will conduct market research to see how many people are interested in this service and make a final decision whether to continue with the project of collecting waste cooking oil, announced the company in a statement.

Translated from N1.


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