3rd TÜRKTAY Panel, “All Aspects of Waste Management”, was held in Ankara Chamber of Commerce on 22-23 October 2014 with the support of the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning. At the panel, where representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning, non-governmental organizations and waste recovery industry were present, all wastes, including domestic wastes and hazardous wastes, and current practices were discussed. The opening speeches at the panel were delivered by the Chairman of the Environment Committee Osman KAHVECİ, Head of Ministry of Environment Waste Management Department Ahmet VARIR, İZAYDAŞ General Manager Muhammet SARAÇ and Group E Publishing General Manager Türkay ÖZGÜR.
At the panel, TAYRAŞ General Manager Aydın ÖZBEY made a speech on “The Current Situation in Waste Oil Management in Turkey and Future Projections”.
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ÖZBEY stated that an investment worth over 100 million TL is to be made in Turkey by TAYRAŞ, whose partners are AVİSTA Oil and PURALUBE, two largest waste oil refineries in Europe. He also stated that lubricants have a unique position among refinery products and highlighted the significant economic value to be created by recycling used lubricants into high quality base oils with appropriate methods and advanced technology
200 thousand tons of waste lubricants used in illicit activities every year
He also stated that the amount of lubricants used in Turkey is around 600 thousand tons and the annual amount of waste lubricants is estimated as 250 thousand tons. ÖZBEY highlighted that only 45 thousand tons of waste lubricants are recorded and the remaining 200 thousand tons are collected illicitly and pointed out that the waste lubricants collected illicitly are mainly used for heating purposes, for producing fake fuel by mixing with base oil and solvents.
Base oil import decreased to the real level with legal regulations and controls… Be careful about waste lubricants!
ÖZBEY stated that, according to TÜİK reports, 1 million 33 thousand tons of base oil was imported in 2011, followed by 894 thousand tons in 2012 and this amount decreased to 743 thousand tons in 2013. ÖZBEY added that the amount of import has had a downward trend with the measures and legal regulations since 2011 within the framework of the Prime Ministry’s Anti-Smuggling Action Plan and it seems highly likely that the amount of base oil import in 2014 will remain around 600 thousand tons.
ÖZBEY reflected that base oil consumption in Turkey has almost decreased to the real level with the cooperation of the Ministry of Customs and Trade, EMRA and the Ministry of Finance and the legal regulations made in coordination.
Although great progress has been made towards preventing illegal and illicit activities in connection with base oil import, it has not been possible to achieve such progress in regard to recording minimum 200 thousand tons of waste lubricants probably generated every year for the last 6-7 years. Those who collect waste lubricants illicitly, those who pay almost the same price as regular base oil, those who disregard environment and human health and involved in tax evasion cause the most damage.
Draft Regulation on Waste Oil Management seems promising…
ÖZBEY noted that the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning has recently issued a significant legal regulation, the draft regulation on waste oil management, and has demonstrated its determination and will to solve the problem.
With the Draft Regulation; waste lubricants will be collected by licensed regeneration plants in a competitive environment under free market conditions, requirements regarding waste oil regeneration plants set forth under TS 13541 and requirements regarding the product produced at regeneration plants, or base oil, set forth under TS 13369 will be met, and the industry will, for the first time in its history, have a legislation where the rules of the industry, including criteria such as minimum capital etc., are expressly stated.