When we talk about recycling, one almost always imagines re-using bottles and collecting tin cans. But have you ever thought that the oil you just fried your food in might fuel a school bus? 23 year-old Vinesh and his team are collecting used cooking oil from school canteens and F&B outlets to be converted into Biodiesel. They plan to create an infrastructure for students in schools to trade used cooking oil from homes, indirectly reducing environmental degradation.
This project focuses on running a School Awareness Campaign on the harmful effects of used cooking oil and the best way to dispose the waste. The project will also teach how the waste can be converted into a valuable resource, and help us to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Waste to energy conversion has a tremendous positive effect, and Vinesh is starting with the young school children. Converting used cooking oil into Biodiesel reduces the possibility of water stream pollution and also to a certain extent, reduces the health risk of consuming food mixed with used oil.
Demonstrations, presentations, information packs and web-portals are part of the action plan. All the students who bring used cooking oil from home will be rewarded based on the quantity contributed. The campaign will start with 20 primary and secondary schools and 2 colleges in the Klang Valley.