For many years, Arcos Dorados, McDonald’s Developmental Licensee in Latin America, has been working on the selective disposal of used cooking oil from the fryers in our restaurants. It has become a great opportunity to further advance environmental efforts. In Argentina, Arcos Dorados currently produces around 40 tons of residual oil every month, which can in turn generate 40 tons of biofuel.
In December 2009, McDonald’s Argentina and the Hospital Pedro de Elizalde created a joint program that led to the company donating all the used oil from their kitchens once a month to produce biodiesel. The fuel operates three power generators as an alternative energy source in case of power failure. This backup will allow the staff of 400 doctors at the hospital to maintain basic primary activity in emergency situations.
In the first 10 months after starting the program, the average monthly donation amounted to 3,000 liters of biodiesel, a renewable and clean fuel that does not harm the environment. As a result, the Hospital Pedro de Elizalde saves 30 percent on the purchase of diesel for their power generators.