Tag Archives: oil

Waste Oil Collection, Storage, and Processing Tips for Responsible Homeowners

Oil Collection in UKDo you use petroleum-based products? You should think about storing oil classified as “waste” in proper containers because it is the responsible thing to do. If you have the proper type of container, you can transport the oil for disposal, but you cannot hold on to it for long.

Waste Petroleum Combustion Limited, which offers waste oil collection and recovery services, wants you to make sure that the container surface is not permeable to oily substances. If there is a defect or deficiency in the tank, then the contents might end up contaminating the surroundings.

What qualifies as waste oil?

Every waste oil storage tank should have a proper label. For starters, the fluid it contains is considered hazardous. It is not the same product as used oil.

How do you differentiate between the two? Used oils include used motor oil, compressor fluid, and other lubricants used in the automotive industry. The fluid you drain from the engine of your automobile is classified as such. The fluid already contains chemical and/or physical impurities as a result of usage. When stored in a container, the product can be stored for re-use, or it may be transported for recycling.

Meanwhile, waste oil is a petroleum-based product that is not suitable for the original purpose it was intended because its innate properties are already lost. Impurities are also present. The products recovered from discharges in bodies of water, or in land, as well as products taken from de-ballasting and tank-cleaning activities are under this classification. Since it is hazardous product, its handling, storage, and transport are covered by specific regulations and safety precautions.

Taking special precautions

It is imperative that you do not mix oil considered as waste with other hazardous liquid or products. In the same way, take care that the contents of the container do not mix with non-hazardous substances such as clean water. This will only make the recycling process more complicated.

Take responsibility for the petroleum-based products you use. Store them in the right containers and find reputable companies that will recycle, store, or dispose of them.

Most importantly, follow oil storage building regulations instituted in the UK, particularly in England, Northern Ireland, and Scotland to ensure your home’s safety.