According to Resource Recycling, the California Assembly has approved a measure that will stop incentives being paid to firms that haul used oil collected in the state to facilities outside the state to be burned for energy. The measure has undergone first Senate reading and is currently under committee review.
Assembly Bill 1195 also sets forth requirements that all used oil intended to be transported outside of California must be tested to ensure compliance with state-established pollution standards. Recovered oil would be tested and analyzed by an accredited laboratory prior to shipment, or prior to being recycled at a recycling facility, to ensure compliance with environmental performance criteria. Only oil that meets certain standards would be offered incentives and be sent to facilities that comply with the federal government’s safeguard policy for hazardous waste.
The measure will amend California’s existing law, which offers incentives to oil collection facilities, such as auto shops, for the straightforward recovery of used oil. Collected material is generally transported to a certified used-oil facility, a registered out-of-state recycling facility, or an electric utility.
Currently, more than 50 per cent of the 91.3 million gallons of used oil collected each year in California is hauled out of the state and burned for energy.