Olleco

Seeing opportunities in what others throw away gives waste a new lease of life.

Some see waste. We see undeveloped potential. Typically, used cooking oil and food waste are poured down the drain or sent to landfill where it can contaminate other materials.

With a little vision and a lot of work, Olleco, our resource recovery division,
re-evaluates how the food industry treats its waste. By turning it into high grade biodiesel. And that’s just one of the ways they’re setting new industry standards.

Claiming every bit of value from the resources we use.

At ABP, and across the food industry, there is always the question of what to do with by-products. Generally, they end up in landfill or down the drain. So, we took on the challenge of finding a way to turn what others discard into a valuable resource. And Olleco was born.

Today Olleco, our resource recovery division, has created an organic recycling initiative that provides a circular solution to the problem – collecting waste food and used cooking oil from 50,000 food manufacturing, catering and hospitality sector customers.

It’s then brought to our newly-constructed Liverpool recycling centre. This features a biodiesel plant, powered by an Anaerobic Digester. It’s a complex design, with a very simple concept – to use waste food to produce renewable heat and power. This, in turn, is used to run a conversion technology that produces biodiesel from the used oils and fats. It’s an impressive example of a successful circular economic model, with the final product saving more than 86% greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels.

Olleco’s vision is to achieve 100% organic waste resource recovery within the food industry.  By turning used cooking oil and food waste into the most suitable renewable energy products they help their customers to reduce their carbon footprint and keep costs down.

Olleco is our way of showing how seriously we take resource recovery. So we’re delighted that this division is already breaking new ground in this area. And there’s a lot more to come.

 

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95% less Greenhouse Gas emissions

That’s the greenhouse gas savings Olleco has made, compared to fossil fuels

3 million metric tonnes of food

That’s what is thrown out by commercial kitchens
It’s the waste Olleco wants to stop

Recycling 100,000 metric tonnes of organic waste

From 50,000 food businesses across the UK

Capacity to generate 5.2MW of renewable electricity

thanks to the work carried out by Olleco

16 million litres of biodiesel

is produced through the recovery of waste oils and fats

  • 95% less Greenhouse Gas emissions

    That’s the greenhouse gas savings Olleco has made, compared to fossil fuels

  • 3 million metric tonnes of food

    That’s what is thrown out by commercial kitchens
    It’s the waste Olleco wants to stop

  • Recycling 100,000 metric tonnes of organic waste

    From 50,000 food businesses across the UK

  • Capacity to generate 5.2MW of renewable electricity

    thanks to the work carried out by Olleco

  • 16 million litres of biodiesel

    is produced through the recovery of waste oils and fats

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