Some members of the business community here have found it rewarding to sell used cooking oil, which can be converted to renewable energy.
“ I am paid 60 sen a kilo for my used cooking oil,” said Lim Ah Looi, who runs a popular chicken chop outlet here.
“ Previously, I used to get only 30 sen per kilo from a person for ma-king soap,” Lim said after receiving a certificate of appreciation from Tai- ping Municipal Council health depart- ment head Yahya Ahmad yesterday.
The event, a Local Agenda 21 initiative organised by the council, the district Department of Environment office and Noble Greenworld Sdn Bhd, was to appreciate the collection of used cooking oil to be converted into biodiesel.
Lim, in her 40s, said she was amused when told that her used cooking oil would be converted into biodiesel, which is safer for the environment.
She is among a growing list of business people here who have agreed to supply Noble Greenworld with their used cooking oil, a move which began two months ago.
A tram operator at the Taiping Zoo here has agreed to use the biodiesel manufactured by Noble Greenworld to replace the diesel used to power their vehicles.
Larut Matang and Selama territorial chief Datuk Seri Wan Isa Wan Mohamad saidthe move by the tram operator was laudable.
“ Visitors are assured that Taiping Zoo and its vicinity at the Lake Gardens will have a smaller carbon footprint,” he said.
A certificate of appreciation was also presented to Legend Inn, whose proceeds from the sale of used cooking oil to Noble Greenworld would be used to help needy cases, said Noble Green- world managing director Wee Yong Geap.
Noble Greenworld chief executive Ang Lee Kaw said biodiesel produced by it would be sold at less than RM1.70 per litre, about the same as the pump price of diesel.