Does your business use, produce, or handle sump oil? You should manage the resource in ways that protect public health and the environment. Here are three good practices from Waste Petroleum Combustion Limited that can help fleet maintenance facilities, service stations, and other oil-handling businesses conserve oil.
1. Don’t burn sump oil
If the oil does not contain hazardous contaminants, you may reuse it on-site as a lubricant, for instance. Otherwise, talk to a used oil recycling facility.
2. Minimise production of sump oil
The more used oil a business produces, the more dirty oil it has to handle. Conversely, the less sump oil created, the less that has to be managed. Your company should consider filtering, separating, and reconditioning dirty oil to extend its usable life.
3. Buy re-refined sump oil products
Re-refined dirty oil can perform at the same level as virgin oil. Used oil–recycling facilities clean used oil to make products such as industrial burner oil, hydraulic oil, lubricants, and bitumen-based products. Look for used oil products that match the high quality of virgin oil products.
4. Practise safe handling of sump oil
Your business should safely store, use, and dispose of used oil. Don’t pour the oil down the drain. Never mix it with anything. Store sump oil in containers that are compatible with the stored oil, temperature and pressure.
The storage containers must be leak-proof and must not have severe rusting or structural defects. Mark the containers and put them in secure areas away from places with many people. Also, don’t store more than 55 gallons of oil at a storage site at any time.
A litre of oil can pollute a million litres of water. Used oil may also contain hazardous materials that can pose additional danger to human life and the environment. Make sure your business manages both clean and used oil in an appropriate manner.