Burning of used oil prohibited

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Organisations which have been burning used oil in small scale fuel› burning appliances will soon have to find alternatives.
Burning used oil will be pro› hibited in Invercargill and Gore airsheds this time next year as more of Environment Southland’s (ES) revised Regional Air Quality Plan rules come into force.
ES revised the air plan last year to address the region’s air quality issues and bring the plan into line with new national legislation.
Used oil is defined in the plan as oil already used for processes such as engine lubrication.
ES air quality scientist Owen West said burning used oil had been popular with community swimming pool committees which wanted to heat the water when there was no solar gain.
Used oil contained contaminants which, when burned, released haz› ardous carcinogenic pollutants into the atmosphere. These could cause health issues such as breathing problems, cancer or other serious health effects, he said.
‘‘Remember to be mindful of [burning used oil], be aware that it is quite harmful to your health, and look for alternative heating meth› ods available.’’
Mr West said the new rules allowed some burning of used oil in rural areas outside Invercargill and Gore, provided resource consent was obtained.
ES senior pollution prevention officer Leonie Grace said there were several options to dispose of used oil. Companies such as Fulton Hogan, Enviro South and South Oil collected large volumes of used oil as part of the national stewardship scheme, ROSE NZ (Recovering Oil Saves the Environment).
Alternatively, used oil could be taken to the Invercargill transfer station’s hazardous goods shed, she said.
Í In other changes, as of January 1 this year, only wood can be burned in open fires in the Invercargill and Gore airsheds. For more informa› tion about the rules visit www.BreatheEasySouthland.co.nz

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