Little did Debora Sky know Tuesday afternoon that her first time depositing her used cooking oil in the City of Duncan's collection bin, she'd be swarmed by curious media.
"I just happened to be going by, I had some oil in my car that I no longer need and I thought I'd just drop it off," she explained. "It was fairly painless."
The Duncan bin has been there for about a year and so far it has collected about 1,000 litres of used oil. That translated into 900 litres of clean-burning bio fuel - and all with little media buzz.
But project coordinator Rick Juliusson hopes the official opening of the bins will encourage more people to use them and for more biofuel to be made.
The concept is one Sky supports.
"You sort of have to be mindful of what the options are. Not that you can initiate them immediately in your own life for various reasons," she said. "But you know that the options are there and want to be able to use them."It takes all of 10 seconds to do. Open the door and put the container inside. It really is that easy.
Posing for photos, Juliusson gave his best salesman's pitch: "Look how easy it is! You take your oil, you place it in the bin. Please note it's a plastic container with a tight screw on lid. And please note that it's only liquid cooking oil in here! No bacon grease, no motor oil. No antifreeze. This is the good stuff that makes biofuels, keeps our world clean, reduces dependence on fossil fuels, keeps it out of the sewers, reduces costs and keeps your grandma happy."
It takes all of 10 seconds to do. Open the door and put the container inside. It really is that easy.
From there, the Cowichan Biodiesel Co-op will collect it and turn it into biofuel at its state-of-the-art facility at Bings Creek.
By Sarah Simpson, Itizen
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