Sustainability has never been a waste

Pick n Pay Namibia and BEE Biofuel Manufacturing has joined hands to make sure used cooking oil (UCO) is properly disposed.

22 November 2019 | Environment

In support of its commitment to, and passion for environmental sustainability, Pick n Pay (PnP) Namibia – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – appointed and signed a contract with BEE (Be Energy Efficient) Biofuel Manufacturing to safely dispose of all its used cooking oil (UCO).

According to Bruce Salt, managing director of BEE Biofuel Manufacturing, reusing cooking oil is common practice, but it can pose some serious health hazards. In addition to having strange flavours and odours, reused, rancid oil contains cancer-causing properties to both humans and animals.

Reused cooking oil has been associated with an increased risk of stroke, atherosclerosis, elevated levels of LDL cholesterol, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and various liver diseases.

“It is therefore ill-advised to sell or supply used cooking oil for further consumption. Other practices include using UCO to add to animal feedstock, which carries the same risks,” said Salt.

Furthermore, according to Salt, BEE uses all UCO in the production of non-food products, like biodiesel, soaps, compost, etc. In accordance with environmental regulations and with a valid certificate of safe disposal, BEE Biofuel offers the safe disposal of UCO. PnP Namibia in turn purchases the manufactured biodiesel from BEE for use in its diesel ovens to bake bread.

Jost Pfafferott, the projects and maintenance manager at PnP Namibia, says PnP started testing the product in one of their stores in September 2019, and after one month of successful testing, they started with rollout to other stores, followed by the first delivery of biodiesel oil to PnP Okahandja early November.

“The rest of the stores with diesel ovens, which includes Keetmanshoop, Katima Mulilo, Olunkono, Oshikango, Oshakati and Outapi, will start ordering biodiesel once the logistics have been finalised,” Pfafferott said.

“PnP Namibia is very passionate about, and committed to environmental sustainability, and this initiative speaks directly to the O&L purpose of ‘Creating a Ffuture, Enhancing Life,’ said Victoria Moller, PnP marketing manager.

Through the safe disposal of UCO from their store kitchens and turning it into something useful, they hope to in turn contribute to a safer and healthier environment, while at the same time supporting BEE – a proudly Namibian establishment, passionate about environmental sustainability.

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