Ordinance regulating storage, recycling used cooking oil hurdles 2nd reading

THE Bacolod City Council has approved on second reading the proposed ordinance regulating the transport, storage, reuse, recycling, reprocessing, or disposal of used/waste cooking oil and grease waste by restaurants, cafeterias, kitchenettes, canteens, food outlets, and other similar establishments in Bacolod City.

The resolution was authored by Councilor Claudio Puentevella, chairperson of the City Council committee on health.

Puentevella said pursuant to Republic Act 6969 or the toxic substances and hazardous and nuclear wastes control act of 1990 the state adopts as a policy to regulate, restrict or prohibit the manufacture, processing, sale, distribution, use and disposal of chemical substances and mixtures that present unreasonable risk and injury to health or the environment and to provide advancement and facilitate research and studies on toxic chemicals.

He said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) revised procedures and standards for the management of hazardous wastes (revising DAO2004-36) DENR administrative order No. 2013-22, classifies used/waste cooking oil and grease trap waste oil, including sludge, as a hazardous.

He added under the measure, it shall unlawful for any person or entity to buy or sell or illegally disposed of used cooking oil, except for industrial purposes such as lubricant, soap-making and weather-proofing of exterior woodwork, among others.

Puentevella noted that the DENR identified used cooking oil as presenting an unreasonable risk or injury to health or the environment and identified the said substance as hazardous waste which shall be properly regulated whereby its storage, treatment, transport, export, processing, reprocessing, recycling and disposal are required to be covered or done with permits issued by the DENR.

Section 3 of the proposed ordinance stated this ordinance shall likewise apply to all persons, whether natural or juridical, who are engaged in the transport, storage, recycling, reprocessing, and disposal of used/waste cooking oil and grease trap waste.

All private, commercial, or business establishment in Bacolod City that generates used/waste cooking oil and grease trap waste, and all service providers engaged in the transport, storage, treatment and disposal of the same, that operates within the territorial jurisdiction of Bacolod Solid Waste Management Office shall register their respective business activity for purposes of monitoring and ensuring their compliance to the provisions of RA 6969, and its implementing rules and regulations, and other relevant environment laws, rules and regulations, it further stated.

Any person who violated the provision of the ordinance shall be penalized P2,000 for the first offense, P 3,000 for the second offense, and P5,000 for the third offense and revocation of business permit or imprisonment of not more than five days at the discretion of the court.


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