Used Oil Collection
A used oil collection facility has been located at Warren Depot in Dubbo Street, Warren. Fully used oil containers of up to 20 litres can be dropped off at anytime 7 days a week. Larger containers may be dropped off by prior arrangement by calling 02 6847 6600 during normal office hours.
According to the Department of the Environment and Water Resources 500 million litres of lubricating oil is sold in Australia each year. The inappropriate disposal of used oil has the potential to pollute land, water and infrastructure, so it is important to recover and recycle as much as possible.
Warren Shire Council is a part of the NetWaste Used Oil Recovery Project, which was funded through a Transitional Assistance Grant by the Product Stewardship for Oil Programme of the Department of the Environment and Water Resources.
Used oil is potentially hazardous, toxic, carcinogenic and harmful to the environment when irresponsibly discarded. It can also be poisonous if swallowed or inhaled and may present a fire hazard if not properly stored. Oil is also a non renewable resource that is technically and economically viable to recover.
A significant quantity of so called 'missing oil' is not being recovered in the NetWaste region. Without proper facilities for safe disposal, oil can seep into the ground and contaminate soil, streams, rivers, lakes and drinking water. Used motor oil contains additives such as arsenic, lead and magnesium which when released into the environment are toxic. One litre of used oil can contaminate up to one million litres of water, which is about half the size of an Olympic swimming pool.
"This Project was funded through a Transitional Assistance Grant by the Product Stewardship for Oil Programme of the Department of the Environment and Water Resources".