The number of lubricant containers sold into the New Zealand market has been revised down following further investigation by the Waste Lubricant Container Working Group (WLCWG) as part of the development of a Lubricant Container Stewardship Scheme.

Meetings held with companies selling lubricants into the market prior to the project commencing indicated there could be more than 7 million lubricant containers going to landfill each year. Following declarations from a larger number of stakeholders, the group revised this figure down to 4.5 million.

Adele Rose, CE of project manager 3R Group, said this is a natural progression as work on the project advances. “As we work through our milestones, details become clearer and we are able to refine early assumptions. The 4.5 million containers still represent a significant volume of waste to landfill and lost resources which the project aims to recover and recycle, creating a circular solution for lubricant containers.”

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