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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

Bathurst regional council commits to sustainable management of used oil


New Used Oil Collection Facility to be Installed

The Bathurst Regional Council has been awarded around $19,000 from the Australian Government to install a new 3000 litre used oil collection facility at the Waste Management Centre. The existing 1000 litre facility will be relocated to the Mount Panorama Racing Circuit for waste oil collection during major motor sport events such as the Bathurst 1000 and Bathurst 24 hour. Works are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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.

Bathurst Regional Council Administrator Kath Knowles encouraged the community to continue to pour their used oil back into an empty oil container and bring it in to the collection 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, put it in a clean container with screw top lid, and bring it to the collection facility at the Waste Management Centre in College Road," she 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 can be found at www.oilrecycling.gov.au or by phoning 1800 982 006.

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