Debate: Gutter oil

Updated: 2011-10-31 08:02

(China Daily)

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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.

Wang Jinfu

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.