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The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP

 

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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

24 June 2004

West coast council commits to sustainable management of used oil


Used Oil Collection Facilities Open in Strahan and Zeehan

Residents in the Strahan area can safely and easily dispose of their used engine oil now that a collection facility has been opened at the Strahan Waste Transfer Station on Ocean Beach Road. A collection facility has also been installed at the Zeehan Landfill Site for the Council to deposit used oil left at neighbouring Transfer Stations including Queenstown, Rosebery, Zeehan and Tullah.

The facilities, which were opened by the West Coast Council last week and funded with $15,000 from the Australian Government under the Product Stewardship for Oil Program, provide a central used oil collection point for the community, and encourage the removal of this potentially destructive product from the environment.

The Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, congratulated the Council on its commitment to the sustainable management of a valuable resource.

"It's encouraging to see local councils taking positive steps, because disposing of used oil the wrong way can have devastating effects on our waterways and wildlife.

"If you spray used oil on your weeds, or pour it down the drain, you can cause serious environmental damage. Just one litre of used oil can contaminate up to one million litres of water," Dr Kemp said.

Damian Gardiner, Project Officer, West Coast Council, encouraged the community to pour their used oil back into an empty oil container and bring it in to the facility for recycling.

"Recycling is easy, and as a community we need to be proactive in minimising the amount of used oil that enters waterways and our environment.

"All you need do is extract the oil from your vehicle, contain it in a clean container with screw top lid, and take it to your local collection facility," he said.

Even though Australians are generally good at recycling used oil, it is estimated that up to 100 million litres go missing each year. Through the Product Stewardship for Oil Program, the Australian Government has awarded around $10 million in grants for the construction or upgrading of hundreds of used oil collection facilities around the country.

More information can be found at www.oilrecycling.gov.au or by phoning 1800 982 006.

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