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Incentives to collect waste oil from food stands

A Yangpu District community became the first in the city to collect used oil from breakfast stalls to prevent the reuse of overcooked oil and the sale of waste oil to illegal collectors who sell recycled swill oil to low-end eateries.

As an incentive, the Changbai Community cadres would use new cooking oil to trade for used oil of same amount at a very low price and allow stall owners to buy cooking oil at wholesale prices.

If the trial in Changbai runs smoothly, the practice will be promoted across Yangpu District and then all over the city, said Li Wei from the Shanghai Environmental Protection Industry Association.

To prevent gutter oil from appearing on the dining table, food safety inspectors have required all Shanghai restaurants to install a machinery device that separates oil from kitchen swill before the year-end deadline. However roadside food stalls are not included in the practice and they are difficult to supervise, officials said.

"Fried food is popular for breakfast in Shanghai and stall owners tender to use overcooked oil to save cost," Li said. "Overcooked oil contains benzopyrene, a carcinogen substance that is harmful to human digestive and respiratory systems."

In the new practice, breakfast stalls are required to dump used oil in an official container. The oil will be sent to government-designated recycling factories.

Each stall is required to keep invoices of their cooking oil to prove they didn't buy oil from illegal channels, said Zhong Yi, a cadre at the Changbai Community.


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