Auckland's trial oil recovery scheme bodes well for the future, with more than 120,000 litres of used engine oil recycled in the first six months.
The pilot project, which may lead to a national rollout, launched in February with support from the Ministry for the Environment and industry partners.
Auckland Council infrastructure and environmental services manager John Dragicevich said about 125,000 litres of used engine oil and 8,000kg of associated plastic was recycled in the six months to the end of August via free drop-off bins around the region.
Dragicevich said Auckland households generate an estimated 655,000 litres of recoverable waste oil each year and the scheme provides an easy solution for its safe disposal.
“In the past few weeks a number of the drop-off locations have asked for their bins to be emptied ahead of schedule. In addition, a recent survey of Aucklanders purchasing engine oil found many had used the service or indicated they would in future,” he said.
“Given this, we’re confident we’ll have good results to report for the second six months.”
Under the three-year pilot, people simply place their used engine oil in a sealed, leak-proof and preferably recyclable container into one of the free oil recovery bins available at Repco stores around the region, Total Oil’s office in East Tamaki and Segedins Auto Spares in Mt Eden.
The oil is then recycled under Ministry of the Environment-approved product stewardship schemes.
The scheme also provides cardboard funnels to assist with draining engine oil for free.