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Minister for the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts 2001-2004

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

Mid-western regional council commits to sustainable management of used oil


Used Oil Collection Facilities to be Upgraded

The Mid-Western Regional Council has been awarded $20,000 by the Australian Government to upgrade the used oil collection facilities at the Mudgee and Gulgong Waste Facilities. The upgrades, which will be completed in June 2004, will see capacity increased to 30,000 litres at Mudgee and 2000 litres at Gulgong.

The Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, congratulated the Council on its ongoing 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 Carl Peterson, Manager - Water Supply and Waste, Mid-Western Regional Council, encouraged the community to recycle their waste oil.

"Recycling is easy, and as a community we need to be proactive in minimising the opportunity for waste oil to enter our waterways and our environment.

"All you need do is extract the oil from your vehicle, put it in a clean container with screw top lid, and bring it to the Mudgee or Gulgong Waste 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. 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 project 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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