New Kitchen Waste Program to Take Effect Today
According to a new kitchen waste regulation program that takes effect today, any organizations or individual that collects, transport or treat kitchen waste without a license will be fined 50,000 yuan or up to 100,000 yuan.
The city increased its fine of illegal operations in efforts to fight unlicensed kitchen waste transportation that will ensure food safety. During previous trials the fine was set to 30,000 yuan and defined kitchen waste as leftovers, spoiled food, waste food materials, waste edible oils and fats. This kitchen waste is mainly produced by restaurants, fast food establishments, canteens, eateries and supermarkets selling cooked foods. Kitchen waste from residences is not included.
During the first trial regulation in 2007, three companies were approved in collecting, transport and to treat this kitchen waste. Now under the new regulation only franchised enterprises are allowed to do the collection, transportation and treatment. The franchised enterprises will be subsidized by the government and waste producers will not be paying any fees. Each collection truck will have a GPS system installed to help monitor supervision.
Until the franchise auction is completed, selected enterprises will be selected to treat local kitchen waste.