The fast food brand has just announced the recycling of 100% of its cooking oils. Since 1999, McDonald's France is engaged in a process of collecting its used rapeseed oil with two partners who provide a pre-treatment for recycling except animal feed: Ecogras and South recovery. These partners provide McDonald's with complete traceability of these oils, which are then reprocessed into biodiesel. One kilo of pre-treated frying oil produces one liter of biodiesel. Half of the oils thus recovered are recycled by Novaol to serve as fuel for heating in Italy. The other half is recycled to automotive fuel. In total, about 6500 tons of used cooking oil will be upgraded to biodiesel per year, the equivalent of the amount of fuel that allows a truck to travel 5.000.000 km. Eventually McDonald's plans to develop the same type of outlets in France.
Biodiesel is a fuel made from vegetable oils that can be used pure or blended in any proportion with diesel fuel and domestic fuel to power diesel engines and heating systems. It is a fuel produced from renewable resources, it is nontoxic and does not contain sulfur. It reduces pollutant emissions from 10 to 50% depending on the facilities and the mix. Finally, biodiesel is biodegradable at 95% in 28 days. Such a reprocessing device, however, has a cost for the sign of the order of 50 60.000 euros per month, essentially logistics. To read the McDonald's press release, click here.