Waste oil fuels Boracay’s sustainability drive – Nikkei Asia

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Scenic island trying to balance tourism with environmental preservation

The white sands of Boracay lure tourists from around the world. (Photo by Yuichi Shiga)

ELLA HERMONIO, Nikkei staff writer | Philippines

BORACAY, Philippines — Hundreds of meters from the white-sand beaches of Boracay is a nondescript room where the kind of waste that once polluted the resort island now helps stoke sustainable tourism.

Installed in this spot in the central Philippines is a technology that recycles used cooking oil — classified as hazardous waste by the nation’s environment ministry — from tourism establishments into a diesel substitute that can be used in generators.

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