ROSE

Making oil recycling easy!

Disposing of used oil in an environmentally friendly way can be a challenge for anyone, but in rural communities where oil is in such frequent use on the farm it can be an even greater headache. That’s where the ROSE, or Recovering Oil Saves the Environment scheme, makes a difference.

ROSE was set up with the purpose of managing the collection of waste lubricating oils to be reused as an alternative fuel source. The scheme helps minimise the illegal discharge of oil and provides a sustainable end use.

As part of the ROSE scheme, Farmlands Co-operative stores in Leeston and Darfield are taking part in a pilot project to increase collection of used oil.

People can drop their used oil off at the Farmlands Leeston or Darfield stores.

The used or waste oil must be in a sealed container. Staff at each of these stores are familiar with the process, so people just need to touch base when they go in to the store to sort out requirements. There are locked containers at both stores where the used oil can be placed.

Used oil includes engine oil, brake fluid, gear and compressor oils, refrigeration oils and bottom clean out waste from fuel storage tanks along with a number of other oils.

The project excludes petrol and diesels, antifreeze, paints and solvents and oils derived from animal or vegetable fats.

  • If you are unsure if the oil you have is suitable for the programme, check with the Farmlands team in-store.
  • Farmlands Darfield is located at 40 South Terrace and is open Monday to Friday 7.30 am – 5.30 pm and Saturdays 9.00 am – 12 noon.
  • Farmlands Leeston is at 14 Station Street and is open 8.00 am – 5.00 pm Monday to Friday and 9.00 am – 12 noon Saturday.
  • For quantities of over 200 litres please call Fulton Hogan direct for collection on 0800 263 645


Fulton Hogan will manage the collection of used oil from the stores and is consented to use the used oil as a burner fuel to heat aggregate in asphalt plants across the South Island.