The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
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Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
24 June 2004
Used Oil Collection Facilities to be Installed
The Oberon Council has been awarded nearly $14,000 by the Australian Government to install a used oil collection facility at the Oberon Waste Depot on Lowes Mount Road. The facility, which will have an 8000 litre capacity, is expected to be opened 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 Leigh Robins, Director of Engineering, Oberon Council, encouraged the community to pour their used oil back into an empty oil container and bring it in to the collection facility for recycling once it is available.
"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.
"All you will need do is extract the oil from your vehicle, put it in a clean container with screw top lid, and bring to the Waste Depot," 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.