Mechanics called on to recycle old oil
THE Recycling Oil Saves the Environment (Rose) foundation has identified backyard mechanics and small workshops as the main culprits that pollute with lubricating oil instead of recycling the oil and associated car parts.
“While industry faces rigorous environmental compliance, in domestic backyards and in small workshops, mechanics are often not disposing of their used oil correctly, with thousands of unaccounted for litres literally going down the drain,” said Bubele Nyiba, CEO of the Rose Foundation.
“Used oil is a hazardous substance containing poisonous substances and heavy metals that can pollute the environment and are dangerous for your health.”
He urged small workshops and DIY car enthusiasts to collect and store their used oil carefully and to drop it off at an approved disposal points for safe recycling. Nyiba said that irresponsible disposal is largely due to a lack of knowledge about the available alternatives rather than a lack of regard.
“DIY mechanics can drop used oil and related waste off at their nearest approved municipal garden refuse site — a list of which is available from the Rose Foundation.” said Nyiba. “In some areas, where there are no convenient dropoff points, we urge larger workshops and service centres who have the storage facilities, to accept used oil and related waste from private individuals. The workshops are paid for the oil collected, so accepting oil from backyard mechanics is at no cost to them and it is the environmentally responsible thing to do.”
There are service providers that collect oil containers from service stations in the major metropolitan areas of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. To find an accredited collector or dropoff point, visit www.rosefoundation.org.za.