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EA announces updated processed fuel oil quality protocol  

A revised quality protocol for recovering waste lubricating oils into Processed Fuel Oils (PFO) has been announced by the Environment Agency.

The revised guidance introduces methods required to test for potentially contaminating metals, which means that companies producing PFO must now meet the additional metal testing and reporting standards.

An additional PFO producer certification scheme has also been introduced, which will allow producers to “share best practice and provide quality assurance in the industry.”

According to the Environment Agency, an average of 200,000 tonnes of PFO is produced yearly from lubricants, and can replace virgin fuels in lime kilns, boilers, and power station fire burners.

Waste Protocols Project executive Martin Brocklehurst said: “I’m delighted that we now have a robust end of waste guidance for recovered waste lubricating oil.  We are grateful for the work industry groups have put into this solution.”

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