How to Handle Industrial Oil
In the United States, the EPA indicates that very few industrial activities will occur without the creation of hazardous materials. One of the chief materials created by industrial activity is oil. The most abundant of these oils is motor oil used to lubricate machinery and to keep it functioning properly. There are also other greases that qualify as industrial oil too, and the focus of this discussion will be why it should be recycled and how to have this happen.
- Industrial Oil is a hazardous waste. Click here to visit the County website on hazardous waste.
Why Recycle Industrial Oil?
Okay, why does it matter if industrial oil is recycled? Just think about that question for a moment…all oils are petroleum based and all petroleum products are remarkably expensive. Oil is a major issue in the world economy and it causes a lot of trouble. Simply tossing away oil that could be recycled is incredibly irresponsible. There are also the environmental problems with petroleum products. Though it is something that occurs naturally, when petroleum is processed for industrial use it is usually converted into a very harmful chemical. Just remember what happens to the entire environment when there is an oil spill.
Methods for Recycling Industrial Oil
So, there are financial and ecological factors that make industrial oil recycling the right solution. The next thing to consider is how this gets done. Today there are a few ways that companies of all sizes manage their hazardous waste. Some companies have special hazardous waste haulers come and pump all of their oil into special tankers. There are fees attached to this process, but there are also usually some benefits and rewards for it too. There are smaller methods such as sealed drums that are stored on site and picked up on a regular schedule by a hazardous waste firm as well.
The choice of how to get the industrial oil removed from the premises is up to the business owners, but it is imperative that they use this method for safely handling something as harmful as oil.