(EnergyAsia, September 30) — Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) will move to enforce recycling of waste cooking oils from next year, and will stipulate fines of between NT$1,200 and NT$5,000 for those caught mixing waste cooking oils with garbage. (US$1=NT$33).


According to Taiwan News, the move is aimed at encouraging companies to convert waste cooking oils into biodiesel fuel.


The Council of Agriculture recently reported success in growing soya beans, grapes and sunflowers for the production of biodiesel. As the fuel is less harmful to the environment than diesel, the EPA said, it will invest NT$300 million into expanding the use of biodiesel oils next year.


Biodiesel currently sells for between NT$34 to NT$36 per liter in Taiwan, making it more expensive than high-grade diesel oils.


Since last year, the EPA has started a scheme to subsidise environmentally friendly vehicles such as garbage trucks and cars using biodiesel fuel, to the tune of NT$110 million.

From next year, with the implementation of the new cooking oil project, the output of biodiesel would increase and the EPA would be able to expand its subsidies, the administration said. The agency said it will encourage its officials and bus companies to use biodiesel as the first step to popularise the fuel.