25 July 2019 – Fulton Hogan’s oil recycling programme has gained another seven-year tick of approval from the Government, with the reaccreditation of the R.O.S.E scheme through until 2026.
R.O.S.E (Recycling Oil Saves the Environment) was established seven years ago. A partnership between Fulton Hogan, Petroleum Services Ltd, Salters Cartage Ltd and the Government, R.O.S.E has already collected more than 100 million litres of used oil.
Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage delivered the R.O.S.E accreditation at Fulton Hogan’s Miners Road Laboratory near Christchurch.
“People and the environment benefit when businesses step up and consider what happens to products they use, and how to avoid harmful waste from them,” Ms Sage said.
“The Recovering Oil Saves the Environment scheme is a good example of how we can shift away from a ‘take-make-waste’ economy to a ‘make-use-return’ one, where products are repeatedly re-used or recycled.”
R.O.S.E recycled oil is used in industrial applications by companies ranging from Fulton Hogan to Tegel to Oji Fibres’ Kinleith mills. Further underpinning the scheme are distribution partners Allied Lubricants, BP Lubricants, Oil Intel (Total Lubricants), Lubricants NZ (Elf Lubricants) and Supercheap Auto (who enable the public to leave used oil at their stores for collection).
Across New Zealand the three partners have increased the number of collection sites to more than 8,200.
At the accreditation ceremony South Island General Manager Craig Stewart talked about the importance of having multiple approaches to reducing carbon emissions and increasing sustainable production.
“We all know there’s no silver bullet. The answer lies in a mix of steps – researching, experimenting, blending, testing and refining various approaches, strategies and sources or material.”
Mr Stewart also spoke of Fulton Hogan’s other ‘circular economy’ initiatives, including PlastiPhalt®, recycled asphalt (RAP) and GreenFuels, and highlighted steps the government could take to increase demand for biodiesel.
R.O.S.E is one of 12 voluntary product stewardship schemes in New Zealand that have Ministerial accreditation, covering the collection of waste products ranging from tyres to lithium batteries. Fulton Hogan has a target of reducing carbon emissions by 25% by 2025 from a base-line June 2017 level.
Shown at the R.O.S.E accreditation are Peter de Goldi (Fulton Hogan); Ron Salter (Salters Transport); Craig Stewart (Fulton Hogan) and Associate Minister for the Environment, Hon Eugenie Sage