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<b>For the environment:</b> Selangor Tourism, Consumer Affairs and Environment Committee assistant exco Lee Kim Sin (in red) posing with the winners of the ‘Recycling used cooking oil for biodiesel’ competition.
SK Sri Kelana emerged champion in the school category in the “Recycling used cooking oil for biodiesel” competition organised by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).
The school, which collected 849kg of used oil, won an air-conditioner.
A distant second was SMK Taman Dato’ Harun (121kg) followed by SK Damansara Damai 1 (44kg).
Students and teachers from the winning schools collected their prizes during a prize presentation ceremony held at MBPJ’s Taman Rusa in front of the council’s headquarters.
The two other categories in the competition were for residents associations and MBPJ departments.
In the residents association (RA) category, Sahabat Komuniti Sungei Way won the RM1,000 prize for collecting 650kg of oil followed by Gugusan Dedap RA, Kota Damansara with 18kg of oil.
MBPJ’s Health and Environment department won first place in the MBPJ departments category as they managed to collect 277kg. They received a 32’ inch LED television.
Second place went to the Planning and Development Department (252kg) while Enforcement and Security Department came in third (43kg).
All the winners received a trophy and certificate of participation.
A campaign to collect used cooking oil was simultaneously held during the competition.
MBPJ deputy secretary Ahmad Mohaayen Said, in his speech, said the competition and campaign aimed to increase public awareness on environmental pollution and the danger of reusing cooking oil.
“Since 2011, used cooking oil has been one of the main pollutants in rivers and seas. It also contains carcinogens that can cause cancer if consumed.
“This campaign will encourage the collection of used cooking oil and this will be processed into biodiesel,” he said.
“Together with Kris Biofuels Sdn Bhd, a registered company to collect and buy used cooking oil and later process it into biodiesel, we have collected almost five tonnes of oil under this campaign,” he added.
Ahmad said the council would take more aggressive and pro-active measures during the campaign.
“We will also formulate registration guidelines and criteria for companies that want to apply to collect used cooking oil in Petaling Jaya,” he said, adding that this was expected to be done by next month.
“We will conduct frequent checks on restaurants to see the quality of oil used with a deep frying oil tester as well as find out if the operator is reusing the cooking oil,” he said.
Mammoth Empire Group is helping to promote and sponsor the campaign as part of its corporate social responsibility programme.
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