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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

9 December 2005

Grants to give used motor oil a new lease on life


A new round of grants is available for those wanting to get involved in the environmentally sustainable management and recycling of used motor oil, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said today.

Senator Campbell said the targeted round of $950,000 aimed to reinvigorate the Product Stewardship for Oil (PSO) programme by focusing on the gaps in the oil recycling industry.

The PSO transitional assistance fund is a seven-year, $34.5 million programme, which aims to promote a sustainable oil recycling industry and increase the uptake and recycling of used oil.

"This round of funding will particularly welcome applications for innovative oil recycling technologies; for used oil management systems in remote areas, including Indigenous communities; and to create used oil collection facilities in areas that need them," Senator Campbell said.

"Since 2000, the PSO programme has developed a network of 800 used oil collection facilities and developed oil recycling infrastructure across the country.

"We want to hear from anyone – individuals, communities and organisations - with an interest in recycling used oil and the skills and experience to contribute to the industry.

"It is critical to our environment and our health that used oil is properly collected and recycled. For example, as little as one litre of used oil can contaminate one million litres of water, and, if burnt, used oil can release dangerous carcinogens into our air.

"Each year, up to 80 million litres of oil goes missing - much of it stored in small quantities in remote parts of Australia with little access to recycling facilities.

"If used oil is properly recycled it is a very valuable commodity. By getting communities to take control of managing their used oil, we can create jobs and support local industry as well as looking after the environment."

Applications close on Friday, 3 February 2006. More information on the Product Stewardship for Oil programme visit http://www.oilrecycling.gov.au/program/index.html

Media contact:
Renae Stoikos 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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