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Oil: Waste Management

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2008, Official Report, column 178W, on oils: waste management, what provision there is for clean fuel oil in the waste oils directive; and if he will make a statement. (232664)

The waste oils directive includes a range of provisions which relate to the management of waste oils, including part-processed waste oils which remain a waste. One of the core objectives of the directive is that member states should give priority to the regeneration of waste oil (that is the recycling of waste oil back to lubricant) ahead of the combustion of waste oil for energy recovery. There is no specific mention in the directive of any trade-marked substances such as "Clean Fuel Oil".

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2008, Official Report, column 178W, on oil: waste management, what measures are in place to ensure the collection and correct management of waste oil. (232286)

A combination of waste controls require all wastes, including hazardous wastes such as waste oil, to be collected and treated in an environmentally sound manner. The Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005 provide for the safe tracking and movement of hazardous waste. The Environmental Permitting Regulations 2007 require sites that recover or dispose of waste to have in place an appropriate permit or exemption from permitting. Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 makes it an offence to deposit waste, including hazardous waste, in or on any land unless under the terms of an environmental permit or an exemption from permitting.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's definition is of (a) waste oil and (b) product equivalent fuel; and if he will make a statement. (232289)

Directive 75/439/EEC (as amended) defines “waste oils” as meaning,

“any mineral-based lubrication or industrial oils which have become unfit for the use for which they were originally intended, and in particular used combustion engine oils and gearbox oils, and also mineral lubricating oils, oils for turbines and hydraulic oils”.

DEFRA has implemented this definition by means of regulation 2(1) of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007. DEFRA does not define "product equivalent fuel".

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are in place to encourage the complete recovery of waste oil to produce product equivalent fuel. (232291)

The Environment Agency are developing an end-of-waste protocol for the production of processed fuel oil from waste lubricating oils, and have recently consulted on the possible terms of this protocol. The Agency's draft makes it clear that, where the proposed criteria are met, the resulting processed fuel oil will normally be regarded as having been fully recovered and to have ceased to be waste. It is anticipated that a post-consultation draft of the protocol will be submitted to the European Commission in January 2009 for notification as a technical regulation in accordance with the Technical Standards Directive (98/34/EC).