What is Oil Waste?
To put it simply, oil waste refers to any oil products that have been used and therefore need to be disposed of accordingly. These products could be made or refined from crude oil (petroleum) or synthetic oil. This includes products such as automotive oil (diesel, gas and fuel oils) , used cooking oil, engine oil, and even Kerosene.
Whenever oils are used, they often become contaminated with chemical impurities, which in many cases, renders them hazardous to both human health and the environment. As a result, they must be disposed of safely and securely in compliance with all government guidelines and regulations.
Who produces Oil Waste and why?
Waste oil is produced in various different industries. Here are some key examples.
The Food Service Industry. The food service industry, and venues such as cafes, restaurants and takeaways, produce large volumes of oil waste every day. This is typically in the form of used cooking oils, which are used for cooking their products before sale.
The Manufacturing industries. Factories and manufacturing sites typically produce large volumes of oil waste, regardless of the kind of products they are creating. For example, a wide range of machinery is powered by oil. Furthemore, they also produce large volumes of fuel waste when transporting goods.
The automotive industry. Unsurprisingly, the automotive industry produces large volumes of oil waste, namely in the form of diesel, gas and fuel oils. This waste is produced in all areas of the industry, from manufacturing to garages.
According to a recent study from the Department of Energy Transport and Regions, we produce around 100,000 tonnes of waste oil in the UK each year through transport alone. As a result, businesses of all sizes must make a real effort to reduce, manage and dispose of their oil waste.
There are various steps that business owners can take to reduce the amount of waste oil they produce; however, this varies depending upon the type of oil being used. For example:
Companies using large volumes of cooking oils, such as restaurants and takeouts, can reduce waste by ensuring that all oil is stored safely and securely, preventing products from leaking or getting wasted. They can also look into more efficient cooking methods that require less oils.
The automotive industry is taking great strides to reduce oil usage by introducing electric or hybrid cars into the market. Furthemore, ensuring that motor oil is recycled is another excellent way to reduce oil waste, as this oil does not wear out; it just needs to be cleaned before reuse.
However, across the board, better waste management policies can help reduce the amount of waste oil produced within the UK and beyond.
When oil finds its way into water sources, it creates a thin layer of film across the water. This barrier stops any oxygen from getting to the plants and marine life beneath the surface. It also pollutes drinking water.
Used cooking oil is one of the leading causes of water pollution.
The safe disposal of waste oil is dictated by various government regulations. This includes the Hazardous Waste Regulations (2005), Environmental Protection Act (1990) and The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001.
The dangers associated with oil spillages or leaks mean that you must ensure it is stored safely and securely prior to collection. At Divert, we’d recommend that you use one of our specially-designed Oil Drums. These oil containers are secure, lockable and made from materials that are difficult to pierce or otherwise damaged.
However, in addition to ensuring you use the correct waste oil containers, you must also ensure they are stored in the right place.
For example, they should be stored in a designated waste area, outside of direct sunlight. Ideally, this space should be cool, dry and remain at a consistent temperature. Furthemore, you should conduct regular inspections of both the area and the containers to ensure they have not been damaged.
If you aren’t sure where to get started with oil waste, we can help. For example, we can:
Help you put together an effective waste management plan that allows you to reduce the amount of waste oil you produce. This can save you a great deal of time and money while ensuring that you run an eco-friendly business.
Provide you with access to a range of free bins and containers to store your waste securely before collection.
Put together a waste collection schedule that works for you – whether you’d like your waste to be collected on a daily or monthly basis.
Recycle all waste oil produced within the day to day running of your business.