On the afternoon of October 23, 2023, Chairman of the Board of Directors of VietCycle Corporation, Mr. Hoang Duc Vuong attended the appraisal meeting on “National Environmental Technical Regulations on waste oil recycling” with representatives of departments under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
At the meeting, representatives of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and representatives of departments discussed national environmental technical regulations in collecting, treating and recycling waste oil. In particular, clearly defining the definition of waste oil and how to recycle it was the first issue that meeting participants were interested in and asked questions about.
Mr. Hoang Duc Vuong participated in the meeting to evaluate FO oil recycling standards at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
According to National Technical Regulations (NTR), Waste Oil is oil of natural mineral origin and synthetic oil (excluding food-origin oil) discharged from production, business and service, living or other activities. Waste oil recycling is a treatment process to remove or reduce impurities, components and hazardous properties to recover recycled oil.
The waste oil recycling process is the next issue of concern to representatives of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and representatives of other departments. In particular, waste management, operational & environmental monitoring and determination methods were specifically explained by representatives of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
In particular, solid waste and sludge generated from waste oil recycling activities must be identified and classified according to the provisions of Circular No. 12/2011/TT-BTNMT dated April 14, 2011 of the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment regulations on hazardous waste management (hereinafter referred to as Circular No. 12/2011/TT-BTNMT) and QCVN 07:2009/BTNMT – National technical regulations on hazardous waste thresholds for appropriate management measures according to regulations.
Wastewater generated from the waste oil recycling process can only be discharged into the environment when it meets NTR 40:2011/BTNMT – National technical regulation on industrial wastewater (except in the case of using surface water for indirect cooling at the oil condenser, ensuring no additional contamination from waste oil recycling activities is allowed to circulate back into the original surface water source by separate route without treatment).
Image of “Distillation area” at a waste oil recycling facility.
Every waste oil recycling facility must meet all conditions to prevent and respond to possible incidents. Automatic and continuous monitoring devices must be installed to measure temperature and pressure parameters for pressure equipment. At the same time, it is necessary to monitor inorganic and organic hazardous components and other parameters according to NTR regulations.
Mr. Hoang Duc Vuong contributed comments at the meeting on appraisal of FO oil recycling standards at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
Finally, before ending the meeting, Mr. Hoang Duc Vuong made comments on amendments to the “National Environmental Technical Regulations on waste oil recycling” with the desire to create better conditions for companies, businesses and facilities that collect, process and recycle waste oil. According to him, NTR should have a review of a few regulatory items to better support the recycling of waste oil while still ensuring environmental safety to create conditions for recycling facilities to be implemented in a transparent and positive manner, contributing more to the environment. Furthermore, Mr. Vuong also commented on whether to consider collecting, processing and recycling waste oil of food origin (eg cooking oil, …) in parallel with other waste oils according to National Technical Regulations.