free used oil recovery scheme launched
Households in the Auckland region can now dispose of their used engine
oil for free thanks to a new scheme launched this week by Auckland Council in
conjunction with industry partners and the support of Government.
piloted in Auckland for three years and potentially rolled out nationwide in future,
the new scheme aims to ensure the majority of used engine oil generated by households
in the region is captured and then recycled or disposed of.
Manager Infrastructure & Environmental Services John Dragicevich says under
the new scheme, which Minister for the Environment Nick Smith today announced
is being established with support from the Government's Waste Minimisation Fund,
Auckland residents can drop off their used engine oil to Repco stores throughout
the region or to Total Lubricants' office in East Tamaki.
It will subsequently
be collected and either safely disposed of or recycled.
The used engine
oil must be in a sealed leak-proof container - preferably a #2 recyclable container
such as those new oil is sold in - and placed inside the drop-off bins provided
at these stores.
Mr Dragicevich says in Auckland alone householders produce
an estimated 656,000 litres of used oil annually but only a third of that is believed
to be disposed of safely, meaning the balance is potentially ending up harming
"Given one litre of used engine oil can contaminate
one million litres of water and council surveys indicated the majority of households
did not have access to safe convenient disposal services the council decided it
was important to initiate something."
Auckland Council Environment
and Sustainability Committee Chairperson Wayne Walker explains that while systems
already existed for collection of used oil from high-volume generators such as
motor mechanics, there was no oil industry-led system for the collection of used
oil from low-volume used oil generators such as 'do-it-yourself' home mechanics.
this new scheme Auckland households can now be very clear as to where their used
engine oil goes. It will then be dealt with under Ministry of the Environment-approved
product stewardship schemes. This is a great solution we trust industry will eventually
take full responsibility for."
The key partners in the new pilot scheme
are: Auckland Council, Repco, the Ministry for the Environment, collection agency
R.O.S.E. (Recover Oil Save Environment), Castrol, Orica, Total Lubricants, Penrite
and Fuchs. The scheme is also supported by the Motor Trade Association.
more information, including the drop-off locations, the public can visit www.oilrecycling.org.nz