Olleco collects organic waste from the food industry to produce biogas, compost and biodiesel that is supplied back to companies.
Olleco collects waste food, waste fats and used cooking oils from its 50,000 food industry customers, which include hotels, restaurants, pubs and canteens. Most of these customers would otherwise pour used oils down the drain and send food waste to landfills. Once collected, the food waste is transferred to an anaerobic digestion plant, produces renewable heat and power. This clean energy powers a conversion process that produces biodiesel from the waste fats and used oils.
To ‘close the loop’, Olleco offers the biofuel back to their customers to run their distribution fleets, and it also offers delivery of new cooking oil. The only output of the process is a rich compost, which is used as a chemical-free fertilizer.
Why you should care
Nearly one million tons of food waste are produced by UK food businesses every year, costing the industry around $3.8 billion annually, according to the Waste and Resources Action Programme. Olleco addresses this problem by using the energy contained in 100,000 tons of organic waste to produce 16 million liters of biodiesel each year.