ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Small business owner Elliot Lincoln of Themba Biofuel, a company that converts used cooking oil into bio diesel fuel, is encouraging hotels, restaurants and community members to donate their used cooking oil.
“Redirecting used oil away from waste has got to be a good thing. The way we currently dispose of it, if we can take it and make something from it, its got to be a good thing … so I would encourage anybody who is prepared to save the oil to do so. We’re very happy to come and pick it up if it’s a reasonable amount,” Lincoln told OBSERVER Media.
Lincoln said his business has been making steady development, but is encouraging others to get involved as a means of disposing their unwanted used cooking oil.
Lincoln admits that getting enough oil is a challenge he has been facing, but the situation is improving, thanks to contributors from hotels, restaurants and persons within various communities.
In addition, groups of individuals around the island have been saving their used oil and handing it over to Lincoln’s business, he said.
“We’re getting little clusters of communities in the villages calling us and saying, ‘look, we’ve been saving the oil, come and get it.’”
People willing to pool their collections together are encouraged to contact Themba to collect the used oil.
Lincoln further said, “if people are in need of containers (and) bottles to store the oil in, if they want to call us, again, we’re very happy to provide those as well.”
The Antigua & Barbuda Investment Authority has provided Lincoln concessions for raw material and equipment for his business.
Also assisting the development of the small business is the Energy Desk, part of the Prime Minister’s Office, which has offered advice to Lincoln regarding his business’s growth.
Further discussion has also been conducted with the Department of Trade.
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