Technical Guideline of the Customs Union TG TU 030/2012 “Requirements to lubricating materials, oils and special liquids”
The Technical Guideline of the Customs Union TG TU 030/2012 “Requirements to lubricating materials, oils and special liquids” (adopted by the decision No.59 of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission on July 20th 2012) came into effect from March 1st 2014, and states that all lubricating materials which came out of use shall be collected by their consumers for further disposal.
The Technical Guideline has been developed in order to establish a single custom territory of uniform obligatory requirements to lubricating materials, oils and special liquids, and to waste lubricating oils. The requirements to the management of waste oils have been toughened: importers and producers of lubricants are to comply with the environmental legislation, to organize a unified collection system for used petroleum products, and to enhance capacities to recycle used oils and lubricants.
The Technical Guideline establishes requirements to used lubricating materials, oils and special liquids, and to materials produced during the recycling, with the aim to protect human lives and health, the environment, and to ensure efficient use of resources (Article 1, Clause 1.1 TG TU).
Achieving the latter implies recycling (disposal) used oils in order to produce new materials – lubricants, oils and special liquids (Article 2 TG TU).
Hence, in accordance with the Technical Guideline the used oils containing PCBs are to be collected and be further recycled (disposed). In this regard, it is necessary to stop the practice of such method of PCB elimination as pyrolytic decomposition (burning), which is common in many regions of Russia and under unregulated conditions leads to the formation of dioxins, dibenzofurans and other dioxin compounds (PCDD/PCDF).
Otherwise, the requirement to use waste oils only for recycling (disposal) with the aim to produce commercial petroleum products (Clause 3.3 and 3.8 of Article 3 TG TU) will be violated.
Moreover, Clause 3.8.3 of Article 3 of TG TU establishes certain prohibitions in managing this type of recycled materials, including moving them to landfills for municipal and industrial waste.