The Ministry of Municipality and Environment has stressed the importance of the safe disposal of hazardous waste through companies and authorities licensed by the ministry only.
In this context, the ministry stressed the provisions of Law No. 30 of 2002 and its executive regulations, under which the circulating, managing or re-exporting harmful substances and hazardous waste at home or abroad was prohibited. It should be done only with a licence issued by the Department of Radiation Protection and Chemicals.
The ministry called on all parties that make or possess hazardous waste, including used batteries and oils, to head to companies and entities licensed by the ministry to receive, treat or recycle the wastes.
On the other hand, the ministry said in its report that the used oils are oils that have lost all or some of their properties during operation, having low quality and are distinguished by the change of colour to dark and the smell becomes strong and the sediment is very high.
In that regard, they had to be changed directly, as they did not cover the need for their use, with increased corrosion and impurities in engines and machinery, hindering work and affecting them.
It also adversely affects nature, where black colour remains visible in mineral oil plants and car wash and oil-change stations.
It produces liquid residues that contaminate water or soil, causing damage to humans and the surrounding environment, the report said.
The report also noted that the effects of waste oils is under the list of carcinogenic chemicals and harmful to human health, where these wastes kill all living organisms, and that if disposed in the seas or oceans, they increase the activity of anaerobic bacteria causing water poisoning and change the acidity due to its blocking of oxygen from reaching these organisms.
Waste oil disposal in agricultural land kills microorganisms in the soil, and covers the leaves with an oil layer that affects plant growth process, leading to the death of plants and destruction of soil.
The report reviewed the process of safe disposal of used oil and the procedures to be followed.
It said that the process of collecting waste is the first step, where it is started to move to special places, considering that the link between the process of collection and treatment, which must be done in a healthy and efficient way without causing odours, dust or scattering of waste in the streets during transport.