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Thursday August 27, 2009

Councils to recycle used cooking oil

WITHOUT proper handling methods, used cooking oil can contribute to environmental hazards and two councils in Selangor have come out with a brilliant solution - recycle the oil.

The Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) and the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) announced their Cooking Oil Recycling Project in their respective full board meetings yesterday.

For MPSJ, the pilot project would be carried out in USJ for six months on a trial basis before the council decides whether to expand it to other areas.

Some 200 halal restaurants in USJ would be informed of this project next month and the operators can decide if they want to participate voluntarily.

They would be provided with a container each to store the used cooking oil in their kitchens and MPSJ’s contractor would collect the oil once a week.

For every litre of oil collected, the restaurants would be paid 25 sen.

“The used cooking oil can be processed to make bitumen,” MPSJ president Datuk Adnan Md Ikshan said.

MPS, meanwhile, has appointed contractor CGV Industries Sdn Bhd to collect and dispose of used cooking oil throughout the Selayang constituency to curb the problem of cooking oil being thrown into drains.

The operation will be conducted in three phases. The used cooking oil would be used to make bio-fuel.

MPS president Datuk Zainal Abidin Azim said the first phase is for all the MPS stalls and night markets and the operation will commence within the next three months.

“The second phase will involve the collection of used cooking oil at private restaurants throughout Selayang, Gombak, Kepong and Rawang on the fourth month onwards.

“The final phase is the collection of cooking oil from all food premises in Selayang. MPS will monitor the situation to check on fraud when the operations are carried out,’’ said Zainal, during the MPS Full Board Meeting at MPS building in Bandar Baru Selayang yesterday.

During the operations, the premises would be given two drums that could hold about 25 litres. The service is free of charge.

One of the drums is for restaurant and food operators to fill up used cooking oil only.

Another drum will have an oil trap for food or liquids.

“This project will help the environment to be clean and safe,’’ he said.

Zainal also urged ratepayers to pay their assessment before Aug 31, or risk being fined.

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