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“All our cooking oils are transformed into biofuel”

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Elior’s national procurement manager, Antoine Bregou, bears witness to the Group’s commitment to recycling edible oils into renewable energy.

All of our cooking oils are collected several times a year and sent to recycling plants,” explains Antoine Bregou.  For more than 20 years, used cooking oils from Elior restaurants, whether from deep fryers or pan bottoms, have been recovered by the Refood bio-waste recycling company. “This is a concrete example of the circular economy, because we add value to used oil by giving it a second life.  Oils no longer suitable for consumption are sent to processing plants and transformed into biofuel. 

This is a concrete example of the circular economy, because we add value to used oil by giving it a second life.

Used oils should not be thrown down drains, as this clogs the pipes, which is detrimental to purification stations and pollutes the environment”, underlines Hervé Dutruel, senior key account manager at Refood.  All the oils are sent to a processing plant.  “We first remove the waste in order to obtain the pure oil that serves as the raw material for biofuel production”. Every year, Refood collects 10,000 tons of oil in France, the equivalent of 3 million tanks of diesel. 

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