Me­chan­ics called on to re­cy­cle old oil

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — Wheels Re­porter.

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.rose­foun­da­

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