Oil is a common cause of water pollution and even a small amount has a significant negative effect on plants and animals. It can also make water unfit for drinking or irrigation.
Even a very small quantity of a pollutant, or just one accidental discharge, can drastically alter the quality of a stream. Fish, insects and plants can be killed and habitats destroyed. A waterway can take years to recover.
See oil - machinery
Waste oil from vehicles and machinery can be taken to the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre for disposal in the R.O.S.E. container (fees apply). Customers must take their used containers away.
Always dispose of waste oil conscientiously.