The Government released a consultation document on 7 July, 2015 which proposes, through legislative amendments, to amend the statutory safety standards for edible fats and oils, strengthen the regulation of edible fats and oils manufactured locally and those imported into and exported from Hong Kong, and promote the recycling of "waste cooking oils". The proposed measures aim to further safeguard public health and protect the environment.
Regarding the strengthening of the "waste cooking oils" recycling regulation, the Environmental Protection Department proposes to amend the Waste Disposal Ordinance (Cap. 354) by introducing licences for the collection, disposal and import/export of "waste cooking oils". Persons who collect (including buying and selling), dispose of or import/export "waste cooking oils" without a licence will be liable to a fine and/or imprisonment. Any persons, including "waste cooking oils" producers like restaurants and food factory operators, who allow or cause "waste cooking oils" to be sold, delivered, collected or handed over to a party without a licence will commit an offence and will be subject to a fine and/or imprisonment once convicted.
The consultation exercise will last for three months until October 6, 2015. The public can send their views on the legislative proposal by letter, fax or email to the Environmental Protection Department or the Centre for Food Safety. Details are as follows: