The incorrect disposal of waste oil, when placed for collection with the general garbage, means that a valuable natural resource will end up in landfills, going to unnecessary waste. Did you know that used oil, sometimes called 'sump oil', can be re-refined and the resulting newly processed oils re-used repeatedly, unlike most materials? The proper disposal and recycling of your used oil by a waste oil recycling facility lessens the need to use virgin crude oil to make new oil products. This not only helps reduce the impact on the environment, but it also decreases manufacturing costs. This results in benefits which are then passed on to you, the consumer.
During the recycling process, all impurities and contaminants are removed from all kinds of petroleum-based and synthetic waste oils, including engine and automotive oils, lubricants, hydraulic oil and oily water. The waste oils then undergo the re-refining process, which turns them into new base or fuel oils. These new base oil products are then sold as raw ingredients and used in the manufacture of lubricating oils, ammonium nitrate fuel oil (ANFO), hydraulic and transformer oils. In this way, less used oil is burned as a way of disposal. It also means that the oil is truly recycled, unlike other methods that burn oil for fuel so that it cannot be re-used.
Base oils and fuel oils that have been produced at a Category 1 waste oil processing facility under Australia's Product Stewardship for Oil meet the same quality standards as base oils, lubricants, hydraulic oils and oil products that are manufactured from virgin crude oil. In addition, the recycled oils produced at these facilities surpass the American Petroleum Institute's Group I industry standards. A very high percentage of the original carbon content of the oil is retained during the recycling process, making it the most environmentally friendly method for recycling your waste oil.
The collection, removal and processing of used in waste oil disposal and recycling in Australia are strongly regulated. Waste oils need to be collected, transported and then disposed of safely and in a way that is traceable for reporting purposes. Certified processing facilities will readily collect and transport your used oil safely, and then dispose or recycle it in a manner that complies with all safety and environmental regulations. Collection services can be scheduled for regular pick-ups of waste oil containers from businesses, while for smaller household containers there are public drop-off locations in every Australian state and territory. This makes the whole process easy, safe and hassle-free, so there is no reason why you shouldn't recycle your used oil.
For more information, contact a waste oil recycling service.