Recycling used oil to make soap in Cameroon

From June to September 2013, GIC Bellomar carried out a survey on pollution from hotel complexes in Douala.  The study showed that, on average, a four star hotel will throw away  30 litres of used oil every week – meaning that each hotel throws 1560 litres of used cooking oil per year into the city’s waterways.

In response to this problem, GIC Bellomar, with the support of FCTV,  organised a technical training workshop on how to produce a marketable product – soap – from this waste product.

The key modules covered during the workshop include:

  • How to collect the raw material
  • Techniques of transformation
  • Quality control on products
  • Developing a marketing strategy
  • Ensuring good customer service
Soap making in Douala

Soap making in Douala

Making the soap paste from used cooking oil

Making the soap paste from used cooking oil

Discussing marketing strategies for recycled soap

Discussing marketing strategies for recycled soap

Family photo of the workshop participants

Family photo of the workshop participants