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BARBADOS - Bio-diesel project kicks off in 2006

Compliments of the Barbados Advocate
Web Posted - Fri Dec 30 2005
By Janelle Riley

Bio Diesel There is a potentially big market for bio-diesel in Barbados and from 2006, one secondary school will be embarking on an initiative to help satisfy that growing demand.

According to volunteer with Counterpart Caribbean, Handel Callender, a partnership between Counterpart Caribbean, the United National Development Programme (UNDP) and the Lester Vaughan Secondary School has been forged and the project is set to get under way next month.

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Lester Vaughan Bio Diesel project Callender told the Barbados Advocate that the students are being encouraged to keep and collect from their neighbours and possibly nearby restaurants used vegetable oil and sell it to his company, Native Sun NRG, which is undertaking the production of the bio-diesel.
We are starting with a small group. The plan is to have 30 students originally from the school s environmental club and each of those 30 will approach directly or indirectly nine other students and from that you get your pool of 300, he said. Lester Vaughan Bio Diesel project
Handel Callender

As far as I can tell and this is based on the amount of Soya beans we import and press into vegetable oil, there is about four million litres made in Barbados a year. Of course not all of that remains here, we export vegetable oil as well. In 2003 as far as I can estimate, 97 million litres of petroleum diesel was used, there is no way I can ever supply that type of demand, but definitely the demand is there, he added.

Callender explained that each of those students will collect 1.25 litres of vegetable oil per week, providing him with a total of 375 litres of used oil on a weekly basis. Noting that it is a mutually beneficial relationship with the school, he added that initially he will pay the school ten cents for every litre of oil.


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Cook using vegetable oil He indicated that the funds raised by the school would provide the school's environmental club with an income to undertake projects aimed at facilitating a more environmentally friendly attitude at the school. In addition, he stated that the environmental club becomes a business in their own right, where they will have a board of directors within the club, responsible for the sale of the used oil and the purchase of any tools and educational materials.
Collect vegetable oil Callender pointed out that once the project gets off the ground, they intend to expand it to the wider school body and then branch out to other schools, and not just with respect to the recycling of vegetable oil, but with the traditional plastic and paper products as well.
Bring vegetable oil to scool Collect and measure vegetable oil
Transport vegetable oil Likewise, the entrepreneur explained, the project also has the potential to reduce the large amounts of vegetable oil that restaurants haul off to the dump at Lonesome Hill, St. Peter.
Process vegetable oil into Bio Diesel According to him, any machine that uses diesel can use bio-diesel, which is not only non-toxic, biodegradable and reduces carbon dioxide, but has the potential to contribute to the saving of foreign exchange used to buy the traditional petroleum diesel, the price of which is continually rising.

We are hoping to demonstrate to corporate Barbados that we need more companies who are willing to take the waste that Barbadians generate and turn it into a valuable resource or product.

Sell Bio Diesel
Receive income

With respect to the bio-diesel, Callender added that his intention is to focus on niche markets one such market he said is the fishing industry, given the severe effect petroleum diesel can have on the marine ecosystem and our reefs.


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