First Ministerial orders to enable processed used oils and recovered fuel to achieve end of waste status

The two Ministerial orders will be applied to fuel derived from waste mineral or synthetic oils, industrial oils or lubricants, and from waste hydrocarbons from marine fuels. Until now, this type of regulation only existed at EU level for glass, and aluminium and copper scrap metal.

The first two Ministerial Orders which determine when end of waste status is conferred upon processed used oils and recovered fuel from MARPOL Type C waste were published in the Official State Gazette of March 2 by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment.

The first Ministerial Order establishes the criteria to determine when processed used oil (treated used oil that can be used as fuel) achieves end of waste status in accordance with Act 22/2011, of July 28 on waste and contaminated land.

Until now, this type of regulation only existed at EU level for glass, and aluminium and copper scrap metal. It represents the first time that the Ministry has drafted national regulations in accordance with article 5 of Act 22/2011, of July 28. The objective is to close the loop in accordance with circular economy criteria and enable such waste (subsequent to undergoing authorised treatment that allows it to achieve compliance with end product standards) to obtain end of waste status and be legally considered as a product that can once again be placed on the market with full guarantees for human health and environmental protection. The second Ministerial Order establishes the criteria to determine when recovered fuel from treated MARPOL (International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Type C waste achieves end of waste status in accordance with Act 22/2011, of July 28 on waste and contaminated land.