Used cooking oil can now be dropped off at 45 Spar stores
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Spar has installed 11 more used cooking oil bins across the country until June this year, making it possible to conveniently drop off the otherwise polluting but recyclable material in nearly half a hundred hypermarkets and supermarkets, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.
In a single year, domestic households generate nearly 25,000 tonnes of used cooking oil, and only a fraction of this huge amount is currently collected. Used cooking oil and cooking grease are highly polluting, which is why it is important not to pour them down the drain, but to dispose of them at designated collection points.
"Last year, Spar Hungary launched a recycling program for used cooking oil and cooking fat, through which, after a three-month trial period, we set up special containers with a capacity of 800 liters in nine of our hypermarkets and 25 of our supermarkets in 2021. Our partner Biotrans Kft., a specialist in the collection and processing of food waste, regularly collects and settles used cooking oil and fat from these collection points, and after heating, uses them to produce biodiesel fuel," says Márk Maczelka, head of communications at Spar Hungary.
"We are pleased to have been able to expand this system with eleven more collection points by June this year, and our aim is to set up such collection points in all our stores where we have the possibility to do so in the future," he adds.
The feedback has been positive and the results so far confirm the group's environmental efforts, the press release says.
While following the introduction of the program last year, Spar collected 13,000 kilograms of used cooking oil in containers between July and December 2021. In the first five months of this year alone, customers more than doubled this amount, 28,000 kilograms of recyclable cooking oil and other used grease at the chain's collection points.
Customers can drop off this type of household waste in bottles, PET bottles or even put it back in their own packaging, and can also use an interactive map to find out where to find collection points in stores.
An up-to-date list of used cooking oil collection points is available on the Spar sustainability website: https://www.sparafenntarthatojovoert.hu/szelektiv-hulladek
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