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Bio-diesel firms are fired up by results of 'gutter oil' crackdown (2)

By Zheng Caixiong (China Daily)

09:37, December 28, 2011

Zhou predicts good prospects for bio-diesel companies if the gutter oil is no longer used for cooking. "Now a ton of bio-diesel made from gutter oil sells for only 7,000 yuan, while the price of a ton of diesel refined from crude oil has increased to about 8,500 yuan," he said.

Established in 1999, Zhou's company, which has a production capacity of more than 50,000 tons a year, is the largest of its kind in Guangdong province and one of the top five in the country, which has more than 300 bio-diesel companies.

Dong Huaqiang, a professor from Foshan Academy of Sciences, urged local governments to introduce a new system to collect swill and gutter oil for bio-diesel use.

"Only licensed and qualified companies should be permitted to collect swill and gutter oil from local restaurants, hotels and canteens and it should only be sold to bio-energy companies," he told Nanfang Daily.

"Those who have violated the regulation should be seriously punished and receive heavy fines," he said.

Chen Wenshan, a white-collar worker in Guangzhou, said government departments should give more preferential policies to support the production of bio-diesel while further standardizing the operation of major restaurants.

"The government should let bio-energy companies and gutter oil producers reach a win-win deal to prevent the gutter oil from returning to the dinner table," he told China Daily.

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