What to do with used oil   Symbol of three open top boxes with an arrow pointing into each and the words

Around 500 million litres of lubricating oil is sold in Australia each year. While some engines, such as two-stroke lawn mower engines burn oil completely, others like motor vehicle engines and machinery produce large volumes of used oil that can be reclaimed and reused. Industry and the community generate at least 250 million litres of used oil in Australia each year.

Disposing of used oil the wrong way has the potential to pollute land, water and infrastructure, so we need to recover and recycle as much of it as possible. Consider that it takes only one litre of oil to contaminate one million litres of water and a single automotive oil change produces 4 to 5 litres of used oil.

Used oil, or 'sump oil' as it is sometimes called, should not be thrown away. Although it gets dirty, used oil can be used as an industrial burner fuel or as hydraulic oil, or incorporated into other products, or refined back into new lubricating oil.

Minnamurra Waste & Recycling Facility provides free disposal of waste oils including, car and cooking oil.

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