By Constantinos Psillides
AROUND 40 per cent of all motor oils used in Cyprus – a whopping 1,500 tons a year – are not recycled and probably end up being dumped in the environment, according to members of the parliamentary Environment committee.
Despite legislation requiring all used motor oil to be taken to companies for recycling and proper disposal, garage owners do not comply, emboldened by almost non-existent government monitoring.
Greens MP Yiorgos Perdikis said most of the motor oils end up as fuel for industrial machines, furnaces or is dumped in the ground.
“The fact that such carcinogenic substances are being disposed in such a manner is horrifying. The Agriculture minister should proceed immediately with implementing a tax on importers and distributors so as to raise the necessary funds for awareness campaigns, proper monitoring and recycling,” said Perdikis.
Commenting on the fact that Turkish Cypriot businessmen have expressed interest to buy the used motor oil for fuel, the Greens MP underlined that something like that would equal “a criminal act.”
“By burning the used motor oil even more carcinogenic substances are released into the atmosphere,” he explained.
AKEL MP Christos Tziovanis said that the Agriculture ministry is not in a position to effectively monitor garages and that 40 per cent of them are not even registered or monitored.
“An incentive must be given to car garage owners to send all their used motor oils for proper recycling and disposal,” said the AKEL MP.