Waste Problem

Perceived Problem: Each day, restaurants prepare french fries, onion rings, fish, shrimp, and chicken… the list of deep-fried food possibilities is long. Breaded, battered or plain, the amount of used vegetable oil is staggering. Disposing of this messy waste is an expensive problem for restaurant owners.

In addition, our dependence on foreign oil continues to rise along with the prices at the pump. This is a perfect storm for a Pink Bat solution.

Remember, when more than one problem is present, a Pink Bat is usually waiting to be seen.

Pink Bat Solution: When we change the label from used grease or vegetable oil to biofuel, the problem quickly becomes a solution. By focusing on the solution, it becomes clear that discarded vegetable oil is a valuable commodity. It can power cars, trucks, planes… and perhaps someday… space travel. Today, companies compete to collect used vegetable oil.

This solution not only solves the restaurant owner’s problem, but it lessens American dependence on foreign oil and reduces greenhouse emissions.

Think of the millions of gallons of used vegetable oil that were discarded over the years because it was seen as a problem. How many Pink Bat solutions like this are waiting to be seen right now?


2 Responses to “Waste Problem”

  1. John Vonhof on February 9th, 2011 12:19 am

    Waste is a huge problem and many people don’t seem to care. One area that interests me is shoes. Most people toss their old shoes in the garbage. Many of thse, however, still have life left in them.

    Orgainzations like http://www.soles4souls.org collect shoes for third world countries. So the problem is how can we promote turning in old shoes?

    There are many pink bat solutions. Have shoe stores offer a discount to those who turn in an old pair of shoes when they buy a new pair. Give a discount on a future purchase. Give a discount on a pair bought then and a future purchase. Give a pair of socks with each pair turned in. Cities could pass an ordinance requiring stores that sell shoes to have a shoe collection container in the shoe department. Health departments could promote shoe turn-in days at the community fairs and events. Large corporations could organize shoe drives and promote them in their newsletters. Have a city-wide shoe drive for the homeless. Create a “Shoes with Life” day and promote it regionally or nationally. Have a shoe turn-in day as a competition between companies or cities to see who gets the most. Online shoe companies could offer a discount for a receipt from turning in shoes to an orginazition. Challenge online companies to be responsible and promote turning in old shoes on their web sites. Challenge reporters, writers and community activists to submit article to their local newspapers, to magazines, to blogs, to newsletters – all on the subject of giving life to old shoes. Flyers could be put into garbage company mailers encouraging recycling of old shoes and giving donation points.

    Many of these pink bat solutions are easy and can be done at virtually no cost. It has become too easy to simply through things in the garbage can. Let’s put these old shoes to good use.

  2. Michael on February 14th, 2011 12:16 am

    Thanks for for sharing your great ideas, John… and for making us think. The right vision/perspective really does make “problems” turn into solutions… or at the very least, opportunities. The more we look, the more we see. You have me thinking about old shoes in new ways, like never before. The possibilities are endless.

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