New spots for free oil col­lec­tion

Central and North Rural Weekly - - FIRE FEATURE -

❝sec­tor The is mov­ing to­wards adopt­ing a cir­cu­lar econ­omy...

FARM­ERS are en­cour­aged to take ad­van­tage of an op­por­tu­nity to re­cy­cle their used oil after waste man­age­ment com­pany JJ Richards & Sons added a new lo­ca­tion for free oil col­lec­tions.

The com­pany will now of­fer oil col­lec­tions in the Charleville coun­cil area in ad­di­tion to the Balonne, Goondi­windi, Western Downs, South­ern Downs, South Bur­nett, Toowoomba and Lock­yer Val­ley coun­cil ar­eas.

Queens­land Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion (QFF) Pres­i­dent Stu­art Ar­mitage said the ini­tia­tive had al­ready col­lected over 30,000 litres of used oil from farms across the state.

“This pro­gram as­sists farm­ers to man­age a dif­fi­cult waste stream gen­er­ated from farm­ing op­er­a­tions and re­duce its on-farm haz­ard po­ten­tial,” Mr Amitage said.

“Waste oils can pose en­vi­ron­men­tal harm if not ad­e­quately stored or dis­posed of and dur­ing nat­u­ral dis­as­ters in­clud­ing flood and fire can pose sig­nif­i­cant health and safety risks.

“QFF has been work­ing with farm­ers and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties to recog­nise the im­por­tance of farm sus­tain­abil­ity and to grow and de­velop the re­source re­cov­ery sec­tor in Queens­land. The agri­cul­tural sec­tor is mov­ing to­wards adopt­ing a cir­cu­lar econ­omy.”

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