Unique oil collection system at INTERSPAR Hypermarkets in Austria

January 25, 2023 IN THE CATEGORY: Environment, Responsible retailing

In 40 INTERSPAR Hypermarkets throughout Austria, collection machines for easy and responsible disposal of used cooking oil are now accessible to customers. SPAR Austria has partnered with E&P UCO-Recycling, helping to recycle countless litres of used household cooking oil that would otherwise end up in drains and sewers every year. Customers receive a voucher of €0.10 per litre, which can be redeemed instore. The collected cooking oil is processed into biodiesel.

Convenient collection and recycling of used cooking oil

For the collection of used cooking oil, free and reusable one-litre collection cans are available for customers at INTERSPAR Hypermarkets with collection machines throughout Austria. After filling with used cooking oil at home, the tightly closed cans can be taken to the store to be emptied into the UCO collection machine. The used cooking oil is then filtered and stored in the vending machine. For each litre of used cooking oil, customers receive a reward of €0.10. The voucher can be redeemed at the checkout.

“Sustainability is an integral part of INTERSPAR Austria’s corporate philosophy. That’s why I’m all the more pleased that with the used cooking oil collection machines, in close cooperation with UCO, we are offering our customers new ways to reduce their environmental impact”, said Johannes Holzleitner, Managing Director of INTERSPAR Austria.

Valuable raw material for the production of biodiesel

In terms of sustainability, used cooking oil is a valuable raw material which can be used for the production of biodiesel. Biodiesel made from used cooking oil is CO2-neutral and creates less particulate matter pollution and greenhouse gas emissions than petroleum diesel does.

The disposal of used cooking oil through drains into the sewer system harms the environment and causes millions of euros of damage that affects everyone. Through this easy collection system, the sustainable disposal of used cooking oil should become a matter of course and save costs.

Source: SPAR Austria

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About SPAR Austria

The origins of SPAR in Austria date back to 1954, but the current SPAR AG was created in 1970 when the original founding families joined other regional wholesalers to form SPAR Austria AG – a 100% privately owned Austrian company.

With licences granted by SPAR International, ASPIAG (Austria SPAR International AG) has developed the brand in Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, and Northern Italy. With sales of €8.3 billion and impressive growth of 16%, SPAR Austria became the market leader in the Austrian grocery trade in 2020, after being a market growth leader for over a decade. It maintained this leadership position in 2021.