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Free recycling service for used non-commercial motor oil

Friday August 30 2019

Palmerston North householders can recycle used motor oil free at the Ferguson Street recycling centre.

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Non-commercial used motor oil is accepted in leak-proof containers at the Palmerston North City Council’s Ferguson Street recycling centre.

Waste oil can be recovered and either recycled or re-refined. Making this service available not only meets our ambitions for sustainable practices, but also reduces the potential for used oil to find its way into the stormwater and sewage system and pollute waterways.

The city’s stormwater is not treated, and anything spilled or tipped down stormwater or sewer drains will find its way into the Manawatū River. Land-based oil dumping can result in groundwater contamination.

Used motor oil is hazardous. It contains plenty of other contaminants – lead, cadmium, chromium, arsenic, dioxins, benzene. Inappropriate disposal has the potential to harm fish, plants and humans.

The oil must arrive at the Ferguson Street Recycling Centre during normal opening hours and in leak-proof containers. No other hazardous waste will be accepted.

The motor oil recycling service is for domestic users only. Businesses should already have their own commercial oil recycling systems in place with private providers.

This service was made permanent in 2019 following a 12-month trial.