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Media Release
Acting Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Eric Abetz

8 May 2006

$2 million to close gaps in used oil recycling


Thirty-seven projects across Australia will receive more than $2.7 million to extend the nation’s used oil collection and recycling network.

The Acting Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Eric Abetz, said today the projects would be funded under the Australian Government $35.4 million Product Stewardship for Oil (PSO) programme.

“This is a seven-year programme to help protect Australia’s environment from the damaging effects of carelessly discarded used engine oil,” Senator Abetz said.

“Not everybody realises that used oil contains heavy metals and chemicals, which, when released into the environment, build up in soil and water and can be absorbed by plants and animals and ultimately by humans.

“Every year Australians buy more than 500 million litres of lubricating oil for motor engines and industry. Since the PSO programme began in 2000, 800 collection facilities in all parts of Australia have been established.

“In the past five years, the volume of used oil collected, recycled and reused in Australia has increased by 40 per cent, from 160 million litres to 220 million litres a year.

“The grants I am announcing today will provide another 100 or more collection points at local landfills, waste transfer stations and other locations for the public to drop off their used oil. The grants will also support the efforts of rural industries and remote communities to recycle used oil.”

Senator Abetz said projects to be funded included:

More information on the Product Stewardship for Oil programme, including a list of successful projects, is available at www.oilrecycling.gov.au

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