Each year, Australians buy over 500 million litres of motor oil. Just one litre of motor oil is enough to contaminate one million litres of water, and a single automotive oil change produces 4 to 5 litres of used oil.
Used motor oil is hazardous, picking up toxic chemicals when used in engines and transmissions.
Sump oil which includes engine oil, 2 stroke, diesel oil and lubricating oils along with cooking oil can be dropped off for free at the Albury Recycling Centre for recycling.
Fortunately, used motor oil can be recycled because instead of getting worn out, it just gets dirty over time. The contaminants can be cleaned and the oil recycled time after time.
Some uses of recycled oil are industrial burner fuel, re-refined lube oil, or incorporated into other products as an additive.
If you have small quantities (20 litres maximum) of old motor oils or unused/used cooking oil make sure it is in a secure oil container and bring it to the Albury Recycling Centre so it may be appropriately recycled.
Some hints when it comes to recycling used and old oil:
- Do not leave used oil sitting in the garage for long periods of time as it is a fire hazard.
- Dispose of old oils straight away otherwise you risk it entering the soil and contaminating ground water if it spills or leaks.
- Do not mix oils with other chemicals as contamination may cause the oil to be unrecyclable. Keep liquids in original containers.
- Ensure all containers are sealed and have labels that are clearly identifiable.
Applicable Fees & Charges
AlburyCity residents are not charged a fee at the community recycling centre for recycling oil. To qualify for these fee concessions, the waste must:
- not be commercial waste generated from any business or commercial activities
It is also a condition of free acceptance that recyclable materials be separated and placed in the supplied recycling areas. Sorting your load to separate general waste and recyclables is recommended.