Equipment for bio-diesel project arrives next year

THE EQUIPMENT from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the bio-diesel project for Davao City is set to arrive in February 2017.

City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) chief Elisa Madrazo said that arrangements with the Bureau of Customs is underway to ensure that the receipt of this donated tech from Japan will be tax free.

She said that since February 2016, Cenro has collected more than 100 tons of used cooking oil. This amount continues to grow because of the regular collection of her department.

Davao City is a pilot area by JICA for a bio-diesel project with that would convert used cooking oil into fuel. The project requires a monthly total of 10,000 liters of used cooking oil from barangays, restaurants and street vendors. This project is also a response to proper disposal of liquid waste that can potentially clog the city’s sewers.

Executive Order 32, signed by Duterte in December, recognizes that used oil is among the items listed by the “Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990.”

A Department of Environment and Natural Resources administrative order in 2013 also mandated LGUs to secure necessary permits for the handling of used cooking oil.

According to MyClimate Japan, a partner of the city for research on this project, said that ambulant vendors who sell street food use up to two liters of cooking oil per day. This liquid waste is often brought home and thrown down the drain.

The amount of water required to clean waterways and clogged pipes is 5,000 times the amount of the oil sludge in it.

The project hopes to generate fuel from used cooking oil. This fuel is expected to be cheaper than regular fuel by 50 percent.

The project is expected to produce 1,000 liters of used cooking oil into 900 liters of biodiesel fuel using the imported machine which is expected to cost around P4 million.

Common practices of restaurants in the city involve selling used cooking oil to manufacturers of farm and livestock feed producers. Buyers of used cooking oil procure cans of the waste from restaurants for 300 pesos per 17-liter can. Used cooking oil is a raw material to make feeds; it is mixed with copra meal and corn.

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