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Shanghai targets used oil at breakfast stalls

(Shanghai Daily)

09:52, March 07, 2013

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Shanghai's environmental protection industry association will team up with district governments to promote the collection of used oil at breakfast stalls and in residential communities to prevent pollution and control the source of swill oil, it said yesterday.

Yangpu District started a trial three months ago that offered 2.8 yuan (44 US cents) for each kilogram of used oil to breakfast stall owners. One kilogram of soybean oil costs about 10 yuan in stores.

"The trial was launched on Antu Road, which has many breakfast stalls," said Jiang Yong, director of Yangpu's Changbai subdistrict. "We have collected 112.1 kilograms of used oil from the stalls since late November and the stall owners have been very cooperative. It also ensures used cooking oil is treated safely."

Under a new city regulation enacted on March 1, eateries and food processing companies are required to install a used oil separation system and sell used oil to licensed collectors.

However, the Shanghai Environmental Protection Industry Association's Li Wei said the regulation isn't perfect.

"The regulation doesn't include small food stalls and some of them pour used oil into sewers or sell it to illegal dealers for swill oil production," Li said.

Li added used oil collection will be promoted in more communities this year.

He said the association will offer used oil collection facilities to subdistricts and communities, which will give trash bags and points used in supermarket reward plans to residents who hand in used kitchen oil.

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