- Submitted by: Brazil
- Topic: Green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication
- Location: Volta Redonda, Brazil
- Date of completion: 2005
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- This voluntary initiative came from Green economy policies, practices and initiatives
Description/achievement of initiativeThrough a practical solution and via successful partnerships, the Eco-oil Programme is a replicable example of cooking oil waste management with impact.
Source: The ICLEI Case Study series
Municipalities such as Volta Redonda have demonstrated that creativity is fundamental in transforming problems into practical solutions, in a simple and nonexpensive way. The "magical formula" to reduce negative impacts caused by the improper disposal of cooking oil, and to reduce the pollutants that are released into the environment from the large number of diesel run vehicles in the city, can be found in the Eco-oil Programme. The Eco-oil Programme oversees the collection of used cooking oil in the city and the processing of this oil to produce biodiesel. The Eco-oil Programme has clearly demonstrated how joint actions between local government, communities, schools and the private sector can result in a promising partnership for the betterment of the social and environmental well-being of a city. The city's schools have had a major role in both the collection of the used oil and in raising awareness.