|GP: From the frying pan into the tank - Graz - Austria|
In Graz, used cooking oil is collected and processed to produce biodiesel. Several awareness campaigns have improved the collection of used oil.
Austrian cooking involves a lot of deep frying oil. The used frying oil causes problems if it is disposed into the local sewage system. As part of a general recycling initiative, a collection scheme for used cooking oil was established in Graz in the mid 1990´s. The collected oil is sent to a plant where it is processed to produce biodiesel. Besides solving the disposal problem, this also reduces the emissions of CO2. However, the recycling rate has generally been very poor.
Gerhard Ablasser, Stadt Graz, +43 316 872 4200,
The above project is part of the 'CIVITAS - Trendsetter' initiative