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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

Coonamble shire council commits to sustainable management of used oil


Three Used Oil Collection Facilities to be Installed Within the Shire

The Coonamble Shire Council has been awarded $35,800 by the Australian Government to install used oil collection facilities at the Coonamble and Quambone Landfills, and the Gulargambone Transfer Station. The facilities are expected to be available by the end of the year.

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 engine 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.

Mr Murray Russell, Manager of Works, Coonamble Shire Council encouraged the community to pour their used oil back into an empty oil container with a screw top lid and bring it in to one of the facilities for recycling once they open.

"Recycling will be easy, and as a community we need to be proactive in minimising the amount of used oil that enters waterways and our environment," 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. Around $440,000 of this has been awarded to 16 councils in central western NSW for the upgrade or new installation of 35 facilities. The roll-out is being co-ordinated by NetWaste, a collaborative waste management project supporting Councils throughout the region.

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

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