Arcos Dorados, McDonald's developmental licensee in Latin America, with the help of Martin-Brower (MB), seeks to close the loop on recycled waste oil from restaurants into biodiesel to use in its fleet. That means all related operations – oil distribution, reverse logistics, recycling and consumption – would occur within the McDonald's System.
The Arcos Dorados and MB program embraces the entire loop of distributing cooking oil, collecting the used oil, recycling this oil into biodiesel and using it in its fleet. All phases of this closed-loop concept will occur within MB and McDonald’s Brazil restaurants, with no other outside handling.
In collaborating with MB, Arcos Dorados Brazil expects to reduce its greenhouse gas footprint by 27 percent. The business goal is to have a final cost of fuel that is lower than market prices and to keep current guarantees for trucks and refrigeration equipment engines. The program will contribute to standardization, improved quality assurance and increased safety in used oil disposal procedures for McDonald’s restaurants. The project includes a tailor-made plastic container used to collect hot oil directly from the fryer. Finally, Arcos Dorados Brazil and MB expect to donate part of the savings to Ronald McDonald House Charities in Brazil.