Oxelö Energi, a municipal energy and water company in Swedish coastal city Oxelösund, is doing a drive with EkoFunnels to raise awareness around FOG (fats oil and grease) and the fact that it should not be poured down the drain.
Energy and water company Sandviken Energi is handing out EkoFunnels to the locals in the Swedish city of Sandviken in an effort to keep used cooking oil away from the drains.
The company has done a great job in communicating through media; local newspapers have published articles as well as clear and instructive video clips on the web. The EkoFunnels are available for people to pick up at the company’s head offices. A lot of people come by to fetch their EkoFunnel and the information is reaching the locals who seem to be up for a behavioural change. Johanna Blavier, information officer at Sandviken Energy, jokingly calls the EkoFunnel the company’s “best co-worker” and explains that they yearly spend around half a million Swedish crowns (ca 50 000 Euro) in maintainance and insurance matters for blocked sewers.
Check these articles (translated with Google translator):
Fettratt ska hålla rören rena (The funnel that will keep pipes clean) / Gävle Dagblad
Tratten som ska stoppa råttorna (The funnel that will stop the rats) / Arbetarbladet
Supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Waitrose have teamed up with water companies nationwide, in a campaign aimed at sparing the drains from grease and oils this festive season. Christmas season is always problematic and used cooking oil from traditional meals often end up being poured down the drains, causing a lot of damage. This year, Sainsbury´s and Waitrose partnered up with national water companies and handed out EkoFunnels to all customers preordering a turkey. As Richard Flint, Yorkshire Water chief executive officer, expressed it: “We’re asking people to put our sewers on a low fat diet and think before they dispose of fat, oil and grease down the sink or through the dishwasher.”
Check the whole story in the press: https://www.edie.net/news/5/Christmas-turkey-Sainsburys-Waitrose-waste-fat-traps-for-recycling-2014/
“Tycoon in Schools” is a nationwide competition in entrepreneurship led by Dragon’s Den star Peter Jones CBE. Today, the project “Funnelling 4 fuel” was announced as the winner of this year’s competition. The idea with the project – initiated by students at Avonbourne College in Bournemouth – is to collect used cooking oil and convert it into biodiesel, which will run college buses. The young entrepreneurs have used EkoFunnels in order to facilitate the collection – hence the name of the project “Funnelling 5 fuel”. The awards ceremony was hosted by the Duke of York at the Buckingham Palace.
Brilliant initiative! Congratulations to the students at Avonbourne College!