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Oils: Waste Disposal

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th March 2010.

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Photo of Tom Levitt Tom Levitt Labour, High Peak

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(1) what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of waste oils which is regenerated into lubricant oil;

(2) what recent assessment his Department has made of capacity for waste oil regeneration.

Photo of Dan Norris Dan Norris Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Approximately 350,000 tonnes of waste oils require treatment in the UK annually.

In 2008, the latest year for which data are available, 50,000 tonnes of waste oil was regenerated into lubricant oils. 6,500 tonnes was exported to the EU for oil refining or other uses of waste oil.

Of the original 350,000 tonnes of waste oil, it is estimated that up to approximately 250,000 tonnes could be potentially suitable for regeneration. Currently there is one waste regeneration plant operating with a capacity for processing 50,000 tonnes per annum. In addition it is estimated that 20,000 tonnes of waste oil per annum are subject to laundering (cleaning).

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