by LOVELY A. CARILLO
The Bio-Diesel Fuel Plant at the City Environ-ment and Natural Re-sources Office (CENRO) composting facility in Maa is still limited to processing 1,000 liters of fuel per day due to machine capacity.
“The capacity of the processing plant is only good for 1,000 liters per day so we stick to that amount of used cooking oil for our daily collection,” CENRO supervising environmental management specialist Dolly Remojo said.
Remojo said if there is a second shift for the processing of the bio-diesel fuel then they can collect more used cooking oil. However, this would put too much strain on the machine.
The city government launched the bio-diesel plant in August this year with a 1000 liters processing capacity. Unless there is additional equipment at the plant, then that’s the maxi-mum processing capacity for now.
“Of the 1,000 liters of used cooking oil processed, the output is 90 percent while the remaining 10 per-cent is considered wastage but is still mixed with compost,” Remojo said.
The city collects the used cooking oil from 45 establishments in the city, most of them fast food chains. Only four barangays have participated in the project including Sasa, Mintal and Hizon.
While the project was launched in Barangay Crossing Matina, the col-lection in the said barangay has not been pursued due to the lack of donations from the area.
The processed bio-diesel fuel is used to fuel six of CENRO’s garbage trucks and vehicles plus the Mighty Might which was described as a small backhoe.