Debate: Gutter oil
Updated: 2011-10-31 08:02
Recycled cooking oil is proliferating because illegal companies make money at every stage of the process. Two experts have opposing views on a waste-to-energy solution.
Better for engines than the table
Recent news about the food on our table has been somewhat sickening. A series of police crackdowns since July on factories that recycle used kitchen oil, or "gutter oil", illegally reflects how vicious the food-producing chain has become. To make matters worse, the illegal food-producing chain is armed with ultra-modern equipment.
"Gutter oil" is made from discarded cooking oil and kitchen waste, which come mainly from restaurants and other eateries such as cafeterias and canteens, but also from sewers.