02-06-2010: "New programme for recycling of cooking oils to be introduced"

On the occasion of World Environment Day (June 5), the City of Athens is underling the importance of citizen participation in the Municipality's recycling programme, which aims to protect the urban environment and improve day-to-day life in the city. Continuing its pioneering initiatives in the area of recycling, the Municipality is proceeding with the implementation of a new programme for the recycling of used cooking oils and animal fats.
A network for the supervised collection of cooking oils (frying oils) from dining establishments, food production units as well as households is in the process of being established. The City of Athens, in collaboration with a recycling company, will provide food production units, dining establishments and residential complexes with containers for the collection of cooking oils to at no cost. When these containers are filled, they will be replaced with new ones and the oils forwarded for recycling.

As Deputy Mayor for Waste Management and Environment Yiorgos Dimopoulos said: "This City of Athens initiative involves two innovative elements: It aims to collect edible oil waste, including that of households and, at the same time, donate funds to public benefit foundations and organizations, more specifically, 50 euros for every tonne of oil collected.

We believe that Athens' environmentally-aware citizens will respond positively to this effort and participate in the programme."

For further information call 1960 or the office of the Deputy Mayoralty for Waste Management and Environment on 210 3477630, 210 3470761-2.

The collection of edible cooking oils is imperative today as it helps safeguard the environment and enables the reuse of the waste in the correct manner, as foreseen by European and Greek law.

This type of waste creates enormous problems for the environment as cooking oils are frequently disposed of via drainage systems, which leads to the blocking of pipes and the sewer system as a result, or in garbage bins, from which it spills out onto street pavements. A portion of used cooking oils is even used to produce animal feed, although this practice violates European regulation EC 1774/2002 (ABPR) concerning the safeguarding of animal health and the food chain.

Indicatively, a litre of oil can pollute one million litres of water, an amount that can cover the water needs of one person for some 14 years.

The correct use and reuse of these oils involves their conversion into soap products, while today's advancements in science and technology have led to their use in the production of bio-fuels.

Wed, 02/06/2010 - 03:00


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