The government of Ecuador aims for the country to recycle 100 percent of its used lubricants and has vowed to guarantee new investments to permit installation of processing plants under a Ministry of the Environment agreement signed earlier this month.
Minister of Environment Marceo Mata signed ministerial agreement 042 – titled Instructions for the Application of Extended Responsibility in the Integrated Management of Used Lubricating Oils and Empty Containers – on May 16 at a press conference in Guayaquil, according to the ministry news release. According to the release, Ecuador uses 31 million gallons of lubricants per year – about 105,000 metric tons. Mata stated the regulation will regulate small refineries that produce oil and recycling plants, and that its initiatives will attract the international investments the country needs to reach its goals for recycling of used lubricants.
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