What do you do with cooking oil when it’s finished? Soak it up with a cloth and stick it in the bin, throw it down the sink waste?
Did you know there are four recycling points around João Pessoa where you can take the oil. From there it is taken to a central processing plant where it is reprocessed and turned into soap. Over 70 beach bars already provide oil for the centre and there is a big drive to get more householders involved. It takes 40 minutes to reprocess 5 litres of oil and turn it into 50 bars of soap at a cost of R$4.50.
I am told the soap is the kitchen soap type and is being sold by the needy to supplement their income.
Apart from making your chips taste horrible and giving you wind, there are more serious dangers from disposing of oil incorrectly.
Nucleo de Cabo Branco
Avenida Paulino Perito (between the Vesoer ariel and Posto Cabo Branco)
Near the 5010 bus terminal and the Catholic church.
Rua Manoel Roberto Nascimento
Jardim Cidade Universitaria, near CIAC
Nucleo 13 de Maio
Ave Espirito Santo
Main depot of EMLUR
Ave Minas Gerais 177
Bairro dos Estados.
Miramar, Epitacio Pessoa branch
Retao de Manaira (between MAG and Manaira shopping)
Well, Emlur will take car batteries away but you can take household batteries to Banco Real who have 150 collecting points, 31 of which are in Paraíba.
A new law has just been passed in Brasilia (12-9-2008) stating that within two years all premises selling batteries must also have a special container for the correct disposal of batteries.