Waste cooking oil

Spur Corp highlights its environmental efforts

Waste cooking oil, often sold unscrupulously into the informal sector, is both a health and environmental concern in South Africa. Spur Corporation has announced how it has partnered with a Cape Town biodiesel company to successfully recycle and convert over a million litres of vegetable cooking oil used by three of its restaurant operations in the Western Cape.

The oil recycling initiative that forms part of the group’s waste management programme has been running for six years, with one million litres collected to date. As a result, some 870 000 litres of biodiesel were produced, translating into a saving of 3,1 million kg of CO2 equivalent emissions, it says.

Working through Paarden Eiland-based Envirodiesel, the oil is collected weekly from the group’s Spur Steak Ranches, Panarottis Pizza Pasta and John Dory’s Fish Grill Sushi, and is purified and converted to biodiesel which is then sold on to companies using this type of fuel.

Envirodiesel even powers its own collection vehicles with the biodiesel as it is cleaner and more fuel-efficient than diesel and provides better engine lubrication.

“We have made it mandatory that oil waste has to be collected from our restaurants once a week and a register is maintained to track compliance by all our franchisees,” says CEO Pierre van Tonder. “We are converting waste into a viable source of energy.”

“Our HQ waste reduction programme, begun in 2010, is running on target. We cut our waste by 55% between 2010 and 2011 and over the past 12 months, reduced it by a further 64%.”

Currently, over 80% of waste generated at the group’s Cape Town head office and more than 60% of waste generated at its Cape Town-based décor facility that supplies to its franchisees, is either recycled or composted.

The company has also successfully migrated from plastic-intensive takeaway packaging to paper-based packaging, derived from sustainably grown forests.

“We have also reduced the ink coverage and number of colours used on all our packaging across our Spur, Panarottis and John Dory’s brands to ensure a substantial reduction in environmental impact during manufacturing.”

See more at http://envirodiesel.co.za/