The good (used) oil on recycling
Oil recycling seems to be on the increase around the country, and we can now safely recycle our used oil in more locations than ever before.
According to the Auckland Council's site, www.oilrecycling.co.nz, about 60 million litres of lubricating oil is sold in New Zealand every year and, disappointingly, even though it is extremely reusable, much of this oil never actually makes it to recycling.
In fact, the Auckland region estimates that only about one third of non-commercial oil is recycled. Surveys even show that people will instead pour engine oil down a drain or into a hole in the garden, or just continue to store it at home. Used oil is potentially harmful to our health, and is extremely damaging to the environment. We must ensure the safe recovery and reuse of used oil instead.
Councils, the Ministry for the Environment, and private industry have been working to achieve better collection systems over recent years, and the result is that more oil recycling options are now available here in Southland. Just look for the large collection containers at participating locations, like the one we spotted at Supercheap Auto in Leven St, Invercargill.
If you're unsure how to use the container when you arrive, please pop inside and check with the staff, as requirements may differ. These containers are generally open during store opening hours only.
For more waste information, contact your local council or environment centre. To join Wastebusters, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Southland Times