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Not just for fries: biodiesel from leftover kitchen oil can save India INR18,000 crore a year

Big restaurants, fast-food chains, and hotels are selling used cooking oil to aggregators, who, with the help of the Biodiesel Association of India, FSSAI, and OMCs, are producing biodiesel. While this can help India save precious dollars in oil imports, the lack of processing plants across the country remains a challenge.
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A biodiesel plant in Mumbai that utilises used cooking oil as raw material BCCL
A biodiesel plant in Mumbai that utilises used cooking oil as raw material
For years, Sunny Singh (name changed on request) followed a culinary ritual each morning before opening the doors of his small-yet-popular eatery in south Delhi for business. The first thing he used to reach out for after entering the tiny kitchen was a worn out aluminium container in which he kept leftover cooking oil from the night before. Up next
factors will be key — more players from the food business taking part in the initiative and assured procurements by OMCs at a better price. “As awareness increases, more companies will come on board,” Chauhan from Blue Stone Energy hopes. It’s time for the Food Inc. to prove its mettle. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)
For years, Sunny Singh (name changed on request) followed a culinary ritual each morning before opening the doors of his small-yet-popular eatery in south Delhi for business. The first thing he used to reach out for after entering the tiny kitchen was a worn out aluminium container in which he kept leftover cooking oil from the night before. Up next factors will be key — more players from the food business taking part in the initiative and assured procurements by OMCs at a better price. “As awareness increases, more companies will come on board,” Chauhan from Blue Stone Energy hopes. It’s time for the Food Inc. to prove its mettle. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)

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