John Williamson CEO of Scope Oils

09:38 (GMT+2) Tue, 20 Aug 2019

This week on the Greenzone we chat to John Williamson about the importance of recycling oil. 

The chemical structure of cooking oil changes during cooking. The more it is re-used, the more the structure changes. What started as a perfectly safe product, now becomes dangerous and carcinogenic, meaning that it can cause cancer and other diseases.

Pouring used cooking oil (UCO) down your kitchen sink is not a solution. It clogs up your drain pipes and system and it introduces harmful chemicals into the municipal effluent system.

Selling UCO on to other people to re-use is illegal simply because it is dangerous to our health.

Dumping it in a container in your refuse bag is also not a solution. This means a product that can be recycled goes to waste and contributes to another landfill site. Landfill sites take up unnecessary land, especially so when recyclable waste is dumped. Most waste materials going to landfill can be recycled anyway, such as used cooking oil.

By making you UCO available for producing biodiesel means that:

  • A waste product is kept out of a landfill site.
  • Poor people do not get exposed to an unhealthy product.
  • Carbon emissions is lowered due to the use of a clean fuel.
  • You are actively contributing to a smaller carbon footprint.

Scope Oils help spread the word to educate people about ways to manage waste cooking oil and about the benefits of using biodiesel instead of normal fossil fuels.  We actively promote recycling waste products and the dangers of landfill sites.  Since 2009, we have played a vital part in recycling thousands of liters of used cooking oil into biodiesel and other industrial products and made a signficant contribution to lessen carbon emissions and a smaller carbon footprint. 

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