SIBU Rural District Council (SRDC) has made the collection of used cooking oil from licensed eateries compulsory to prevent improper disposal.
Its chairman Sempurai Petrus Ngelai, in a statement, said the move was in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the community development agenda under the Housing and Local Government Ministry.
“As such, the collection of used cooking oil is compulsory and has been included as one of the licensing conditions from April 1 for eateries under the council’s jurisdiction, ” he said.
Used cooking oil frequently ends up being poured down sinks, leading to clogged drains and damaging the drainage system.
Sempurai said the implementation of used cooking oil collection was divided into three phases.
Phase 1 is for all eateries including coffeeshops and restaurants registered under SRDC.
Phase 2 is for commercial outlets and kiosks while Phase 3 encompasses households.
No dates have been set for the implementation of phases 2 and 3.
Sempurai said the council’s Public Health and Municipal Services Division would issue notices on the matter to the affected parties soon.
He added that SRDC had appointed a contractor to collect the used cooking oil from eateries every week using a tanker.
The used oil will be temporarily kept at a warehouse in Bintangor before being sent to Kuching for recycling.
Sempurai urged the community not to pour used cooking oil down the drain and instead, ensure that it was stored for collection to be recycled later. — By ANDY CHUA