The Used Oil Project funded by the ROSE Foundation – a national non-profit organisation that promotes the environmentally responsible management of used vehicle oils and related waste in South Africa, encouraged learners to ‘get savvy’ about recycling vehicle oil. The project, which was launched by the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) last year, will be implemented over a period of three years with the aim to address the illegal and harmful dumping of used vehicle oil. This will be done mainly by educating learners about the importance of disposing of oil correctly, which should be done by taking it to accredited processing facilities located throughout the country.

Over the past few months the project – initially being rolled out in the Western Cape – has seen WESSA develop and distribute educational resource materials to 60 schools in the province covering the theme of used oil disposal. An informative workshop was held at Helderberg Nature Reserve to support learning about this important issue by introducing teachers to the educational resources and equipping them with lesson plans for grades 4 to 6, and 7 to 9. Learning has been further incentivised at the participating schools, which include, amongst others, Hillwood Primary School in Lavender Hill and Lotus Secondary School (Lotus River), through the introduction of a poster competition that focuses on responsible used oil disposal, with evaluation criteria linked to the curriculum. Learners stand to win an educational trip to a local used oil recycling facility.

The ROSE Foundation has been an active supporter of WESSA for many years and has been a WESSA business member since 2013. In 2015 they received WESSA’s Corporate Award in recognition of their ongoing commitment to the environment through their promotion of the environmentally responsible management of used lubricating oils and related waste in South Africa, as well as for their commitment to environmental education at schools.

Schools and teachers interested in the programme can email Lorraine at for details, including particulars of the poster competition.

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