Cleanaway’s Wetherill Park waste oil refining facility has achieved Category 1 status under Australia’s Product Stewardship for Oil (PSO) program.
The company reported in May that category 1 processing, as defined under the PSO, generates the highest quality re-refined oil products, resulting in a non-carcinogenic re-refined base-oil which can be used as engine lubricant, transformer or hydraulic oil. In achieving Category 1 status, the facility must also comply with health, safety and environmental standards consistent with those which apply to facilities processing similar virgin products.
Vik Bansal, CEO and Managing Director of Cleanaway said “achieving PSO Category 1 status is a very positive step, strengthening our leadership position in the processing of used oil to the highest standards.”
“At Cleanaway, we’re able to use our national footprint to simplify the collection and processing of used oil. This allows us to optimise the volume of high quality re-refined oils returned to the market, reducing the requirements for virgin products – which in turn lowers the environmental impact.”
Cleanaway collected 130 million litres of waste oil from which almost 100 million litres of re-refined base and fuel oils were manufactured for sale in FY16. Re-refining of waste oil has a significant positive impact on the environment – creating valuable and high quality products from waste, as well as reducing the carbon footprint associated with the collection, transport and refining of crude oil to create virgin oil products.
The addition of PSO Category 1 status for Wetherill Park creates further capacity for re-refining, joining the company’s Rutherford Refinery as the second Cleanaway operation to meet this standard. Cleanaway said its Rutherford Refinery is currently the only facility in Australia which consistently produces base oils which meet API Group II requirements. These products are sold to a variety of domestic and international clients.
Cleanaway said this continued investment into sustainable resource recovery for waste oil aligns with Cleanaway’s Footprint 2025, a strategy formulated to increase the level of recycled products recovered from the numerous and different waste streams collected.
“Achieving PSO Category 1 status is the result of the exceptional efforts of our our site management and engineering teams at Wetherill Park. The requirements are exacting, and demand substantial investment now and into the future.”
“This is a significant achievement and will allow us to supply more high quality products back into the oil market. We will now focus on our Narangba site in Queensland where we also aim to achieve PSO Category 1 status, maximising our flexibility and capacity,” said Blake Senior, National Hydrocarbons Manager.