Flexilube is committed to the environmentally acceptable collection, storage and recycling of used lubricating oil back into its original condition meeting all international lubricant standards. This “Cradle to Grave” model, is what we call, TRUE RECYCLING.

This sustainability model has been developed and used for over 70 years, by three generations of the von Knoblauch family in South Africa.

Used oil, as it is known in the market, although classified as a hazardous waste,
is unfortunately still irresponsibly disposed of in the following ways:

As there is only 2 - 3 % lubricating oil in a barrel of crude oil this is becoming a scarce commodity, however all of the above methods of disposing of waste oil destroy the valuable lubricating oil constituent.

As a true recycler of used lubricating oils we are very mindful of the responsibility of caring for the environment. We are very proud to still be practicing and contributing to the sustainability of the South African lubricants industry by offering our customer RESPONSIBLE LUBRICANTS.

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
South Africa's Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) introduced EPR regulations to drive the reduction of waste entering landfills, encourage recycling and promote sustainable economic growth. These regulations require producers to adhere to specific waste management principles, effectively placing the onus on them to think sustainably from the product's inception to its end-of-life.

Flexilube welcomes the introduction of the EPR Scheme for the Lubricant Oil Sector
On 23 March 2023 the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment issued a notice to the producers and importers of lubricants requiring them to implement compulsory Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for their lubricants, in terms of Section 18 of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act.

What does this mean for you, our customer?

  1. The notice to the industry now makes it compulsory for all producers to register with an EPR scheme and pay the EPR fees to the Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) on behalf of the consumers and or end-users.

    Flexilube (Pty) Ltd is registered with the DFFE (Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment) as a lubricant producer (EPR Registration Number: 19/7/7/L/M/20230627/1220) and is a member of The ROSE Foundation (EPR Registration Number: 19/7/7/L/PRO/20230628/043), the first accredited EPR scheme for the lubricants industry, which was established in 1994.

    Flexilube will pay the EPR fee of R0,12 p/l, to The ROSE Foundation, on behalf of our customers. This is the levy amount agreed by The ROSE Foundation for the period up to and including 30 June 2024.

  2. Waste oil emanating from the use of various industrial lubricants needs to be managed and collected in an environmentally safe manner, by someone that is accredited with an EPR scheme responsible for the product.

Responsible lubricants

EWOR (Pty) Ltd, our associate company, has 40 years of experience in collecting waste lubricating oil. EWOR is a BBBEE, ISO accredited, registered waste oil collector and they are a long-standing member of and are accredited by The ROSE Foundation.

Flexilube provides a “Cradle to Grave” solution to keep you, our customer, compliant in terms of the prescribed lubricants detailed by the DFFE. (A list of \excluded products is available on request from our offices).

Click here to have your waste lubricating oil collected today

or visit www.ewor.co.za for more information.