Holcim/Geocycle Used Oil Recovery Programme

This page has information on the former Holcim/Geocycle Used Oil Recovery Programme.

About the programme

The Holcim/Geocycle Used Oil Recovery Programme was the first product stewardship scheme to be accredited in 2008. The programme recovered used oil for use as an alternative fuel to coal in Holcim’s Westport cement works.

Since the programme began in 1996, approximately 157 million litres of waste oil have been safely removed from the New Zealand environment.

Since accreditation, the programme collected and co-processed 5,707,000 litres of used oil. A further 5,203,000 litres of used oil/ship slops was collected and co-processed outside the scope of the programme.

This product stewardship scheme was an achievement. It resulted in significant volumes of used oil being recovered and used productively, rather than dumped in our environment.

Why the programme ceased operating

The programme ceased operating because Holcim moved to importing cement instead of producing it in onshore kilns fuelled by used oil.

Used oil can still be recovered through the accredited Recovering Oil Saves the Environment Scheme.