Theft of waste cooking oil from behind restaurants has become so widespread that the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has launched an online registration system to help ensure this commodity is hauled only by legitimate professionals.
“We hope this registry will help deter waste kitchen grease theft and offer assistance to those who provide the valuable transportation service to the industry,” said MDA Secretary Buddy Hance. “MDA has spent the past year developing its online system to make the registration process efficient and transparent and hope it will serve as a useful tool for law enforcement officials.”
The Maryland Waste Kitchen Grease Transporters Program was established by the Maryland General Assembly in 2011. The law requires companies that haul waste kitchen grease (also referred to as used cooking oil) to register with MDA and provide identifying information for each vehicle used to transport the material. Individuals who haul relatively small amounts of used cooking oil to make biodiesel for their own use are exempt from the registration program.
Industry representatives supported the registration requirements to make it easier for police to identify the legitimate waste grease transporters from the criminals. Companies failing to register as required by law are subject to fines of up to $10,000 and up to one year in prison.
Waste kitchen grease transporters can complete the registration process and pay online with a credit card through the state’s official website or MDA’s website. Additionally, the registry is accessible for use by law enforcement officials and the general public through an online search tool at https://egov.maryland.gov/MDA/KitchenGrease/Search.aspx .
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