Mohamad Yasid pouring used cooking oil (UCO) into a recycling container at a UCO workshop.
RESTAURANTS in Klang will soon be prohibited from pouring used cooking oil (UCO) into the drain.
Effective March 1 this year, Klang Municipal Council’s (MPK) Environmental Services Department will collect the unwanted cooking oil at no charge.
To facilitate the process, it will hand out a 60-litre plastic barrel free to all restaurants to store the oil for collection.
Council president Datuk Mohamad Yasid Bidin said the council was serious about not letting restaurants in Klang dump UCO into kitchen sinks, drains or garbage bins.
“As of now, we have a ruling that all restaurants must have grease traps to filter fats and grease from going into the drains. I will propose to the Licensing sub-committee to make it a council ruling that all restaurants be required to dispose UCO into council-sponsored barrels for proper collection.
“Owners of restaurants who want to renew their business licence from March 1, will have to be equipped with grease traps and a UCO collection barrel in their outlet.
“It will be mandatory for all restaurants,” he added.
MPK assistant town planner Rohani Mat (left) and Norazian are responsible for educating restaurant owners and homemakers to keep their used oil for recycling. —filepic
Called “the Greening of Royal Town 2050”, the UCO programme aims to protect the environment by keeping UCO out of the municipality’s network of drains and preventing damage to the concrete drain culverts in the commercial areas.
In the past, this problem has squeezed millions of ringgit from MPK’s budget.
On Dec 7, StarMetro had highlighted the council’s effort to recycle UCO as well as the whopping RM6mil spent on cleaning the greasy lumps that lined drains and repairing damaged drains.
According to Mohamad Yasid, the collected UCO would be converted into biodiesel, a renewable source of energy.
“Our programme is a joint effort between MPK and Uni10 Energy Sdn Bhd,” he revealed.
MPK Urban Town Planning Department assistant town planner Norazian Muhamad Salan said Phase 2 of the UCO programme, which was initiated on March 31 last year, had progressed well.
Grease traps is a must in all restaurants to avoid oils and fats from going into the drains.
It covered 16 restaurants, the council’s food court, the canteens in SK Kapar and Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital and the Samudra Cafe in Westport.
With things going smoothly, Mohamad Yasid said the council decided that it was time to expand the programme to all restaurants.
In addition, the UCO programme will not be confined to food outlets only.
“Under Phase 3 of the programme, we will include the neighbourhoods of Kampung Raja Uda, Sungai Pinang, Kampung Sungai Udang and Port Klang,” he said.
Mohamad Yasid said from March 1, the council’s Environmental Services Department and the Urban Town Planning Department would engage places of worship to get the local people from the immediate neighbourhoods to deposit UCO at mosques and churches.
Klang Municipal Council workers cleaning the drain in Jalan Goh Hock Huat in Klang that is filled with clumps of used cooking oil.
“At the moment, we have engaged the Kampung Raja Uda Mosque in Port Klang, and we want to include the Telok Gong Mosque and Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Jalan Tengku Kelana in the programme,” he said.
He explained that the schedule for the collection of UCO at the designated collection points would be made public once the Environment Services Department had streamlined the logistics.
“Our council will use the existing workforce from the department and utilise the one-tonne truck to go around collecting the UCO in large tanks. We will create a depot-like facility in Jalan Tepi Sungai to store the oil before handing it over to Uni10 Energy,” he said.
He elaborated tha the collection of UCO was the result of environment-conscious groups in Klang pushing for it, and that MPK was responding to people who had asked the municipality how to properly dispose of fryer oil.