2 illegal oil collectors were convicted for illegally extracting greasy oil waste from grease traps in April. According to the National Environment Agency (NEA) today, together they were fined a total of S$6,800.

The 1st man was fined S$3,800 for illegally collecting greasy waste in Bedok North Street 1 Hawker Centre and the eateries at Yishun Street 81 and Lorong 4 Toa Payoh on 4 occasions between September and October 2014.

The 2nd man was fined S$3,000 for the same activity at Yishun Street 81 and Upper Aljunied Lane on 3 occasions between October and November 2014.

NEA did not divulge the nationality of the 2 men involved.

The 2 offenders then mixed the illegally collected greasy oil waste with used cooking oil, which they then sold to companies that export used cooking oil for processing into biofuel.

“NEA takes a serious view on the proper collection and disposal of waste from grease traps, and will enforce against any unauthorised waste collectors, and any licensee who violates the conditions of licence or engages in the illegal disposal of waste,” NEA says.

“The cleaning of grease traps can only be done by licensed general waste collectors (GWCs). These GWCs use vacuum trucks to collect waste from the grease traps, which are then disposed of at PUB’s designated water reclamation plant. At such plants, these greasy waste are digested with used water sludge to form biogas.”

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