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Waste Disposal: Oil

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what account he has taken of (a) the provisions of the Waste Incineration Directive and (b) the decision by Corus to cease accepting oil as a reductant in the provisions he has made for the safe (i) disposal and (ii) recycling of waste lubricating oil. (249323)

The provisions of the waste incineration directive have applied to relevant facilities burning waste oil since December 2005. There has been no change in those provisions. We are aware that for commercial reasons Corus has ceased taking waste oil for use as a reductant in one of its steel plant. Other outlets for that waste oil exist including export to re-refining plant in other member states which can recycle the oil back into base lubricating oil. The Environment Agency is maintaining a close dialogue with the waste oil sector to ensure that waste oil can continue to be managed in an environmentally sound manner.