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Southern Oil guarantees the highest beneficial re-use of waste lube oil – which it believes should be the only waste management option for organisations committed to sound environmental performance.

About 350 million litres of waste lube oil is collected in Australia every year. That’s equal to 140 standard Olympic size swimming pools.

A total of 84% of Australia’s waste lube oil is burned: 60% is burned as a fuel in Australia and 24% is exported to be burned overseas.

Waste oil “processing” as a fuel (energy recovery) is considered by Australian regulatory agencies to be recycling. It is not.

Energy recovery is not the same as recycling.

Burning destroys a valuable commodity and permanently removes lube oil from productive use.

No other commodity (eg paper, organic waste, chemical waste) considers burning to be recycling.

Waste lube oil burnt as fuel is not recycled and should not be considered by governments to be recycled.

This includes the use of waste oil derived products as a diesel replacement in ANFO (ammonium nitrate/fuel oil) explosives.

This is still burning (albeit very fast) and should not be considered recycling.

Re-refining sits at the top of the waste management hierarchy and secures an environmental and economic value for used oil – to achieve the highest beneficial re-use for Australia.

Through its Wagga Wagga and Gladstone refineries, Southern Oil gives waste oil producers a home-grown environmental choice for their waste lube oil – at no extra cost to current disposal and recycling practices.

To join the new environmental benchmark in recycling, call 1300 857 554 or email us today.