Companies and individuals who illegally collect and process swill oil, or gutter oil, will face fines of up to 100,000 yuan (US$15,900) under new regulations designed to prevent the oil flowing back into kitchens, Shanghai officials said yesterday.
Restaurants that sell used oil to illegal collectors will face fines of up to 50,000 yuan under a draft law that is open for public discussion until next Wednesday, officials said.
Letters can be sent to the city government's law office at No. 200 People's Avenue and e-mails to email@example.com.
Initial responses from the public indicate that the proposed penalties are still too low compared with the huge profits to be gained from the business.
Comments on the Shanghai government's Weibo microblog say penalties must be high enough to deter illegal dealers and that anyone involved in the practice should face severe criminal charges.
The draft law sets out strict conditions for companies wishing to be licensed to collect and transport swill oil.
Such companies must keep complete records and report to the government, and their vehicles must be installed with monitoring devices, such as cameras and GPS, and have them switched on.
Monitoring devices must be installed at swill oil storage places and processing workshops.
Restaurants will be required to install waste oil storage facilities and separate swill oil from other kitchen waste.
The law stipulates that swill oil is banned from being made into edible oil for use or sale.
Currently, swill oil can be made into fuel, industrial oil and products such as soap.