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Creation date: 2011

Country: Colombia

Location: Itagui

Sector of activity: Energy, utilities and environment · Healthcare and social services activities · Wholesale and retail trade

Social issue: Diversity (people in state of exclusion, minorities and people with disabilities) · Environment and rural settings · Financial inclusion · Healthcare

Ecogras Colombia is dedicated to collecting and recycling used industrial and residential cooking oil for the production of biodiesel, organizing awareness campaigns on the proper use of vegetable oils and the development of innovative products for the proper disposal of household waste. In addition, it carries out recruitment campaigns such as the exchange of waste for economic benefits (metro tickets, virtual wallet, etc.), it has generated strategic alliances with companies and public entities in the sector and it has implemented a GPS route planner that will allow these companies and entities to be more efficient and provide a more timely service in the collection of waste.

The organization's activity has several social focal points: "We are fighting the black market for used cooking oil by preventing it from being sold for human consumption or animal feed production," says the manager, Luis Felipe Tobon. "We organize campaigns with sanitation companies where we exchange waste for Metro tickets to generate savings for the city's lower-income people. We attend various forums to teach people how to use oil and the best way to dispose of it."

The impact of this company is also environmental: "We reduce water pollution by preventing poor disposal of this waste, so we are part of the chain to generate biodiesel, achieving an 88% reduction in CO2 emissions."