Kitchen Waste Disposal to be Auctioned to Franchised Enterprises
Starting August 1, only franchised enterprises are allowed to collect, treat and transport kitchen waste according to the regulations of kitchen waste management that will also take effect on the same day.
According to the urban management administration, before the end of the year an auction of a ten year franchise will be completed in which an enterprise can apply to extend its franchise for another five years once the old one expires. Also a new auction for franchise will be end once the extension period ends. Traffic police will be the one in charge for the times and routes for the transportation of kitchen waste and during the transitional period until auction is completed, the government will be selecting enterprises to take charge in treating kitchen waste.
All the kitchen waste producers ranging from restaurants, fast food enterprises, eateries, canteens or places that sells freshly cooked food are required to pay a franchised enterprise for the collection, transportation and treatment based on regulations.
Current practice of restaurants is to sell their kitchen waste to unsanctioned workshops that process waste into swill oil, which is then recycled into food preparation creating unhealthy conditions. Such practice will lead to hefty fines under the new regulations.