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Many businesses produce various types and amounts of oil waste. This ranges from used cooking oil in a commercial kitchen to waste engine oil in garages, even old old tank removal. Most waste oil (excluding cooking oil) becomes contaminated with chemical impurities once used, which can render them hazardous to both human health and the environment.

Proper storage, removal, and disposal of oil must be done safely and securely in compliance with all government guidelines and regulations. At Divert we provide oil waste collection to businesses of all sizes and sectors, whether you need a one-off or regular removals. Licensed waste carriers ensure all your waste oil is removed and disposed of responsibly.

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What is oil waste?

Oil waste refers to any used oil products that need disposing of accordingly. This includes products such as automotive oil (diesel, brake fluid, and fuel), used cooking oil, engine oil, and even kerosene. Waste oil products could be made or refined from crude oil (petroleum) or synthetic oil.

Most types of oil waste contain chemicals that may be contaminated after use, meaning they’re a type of hazardous waste. Disposal of such oil waste must be done in line with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH) to protect human health and the environment.

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Who produces waste oil?

Waste oil is produced in many industries, from used cooking oil in a restaurant’s kitchen to contaminated transmission oil in a garage. Every business that creates waste oil must arrange proper storage, removal, and disposal. Some of the main industries that produce waste oil include:

  • Food service providers – the food service industry, including cafes, restaurants, and takeaways, produce large volumes of oil waste every day. This is mostly used cooking oil (such as vegetable and olive oil), which is used to cook all sorts of products before sale.
  • Manufacturing companies – factories and manufacturing sites typically produce large volumes of oil waste whatever kinds of products they create. Most machinery is powered by oil or requires it for lubrication. Manufacturers also produce large volumes of fuel waste when transporting goods.
  • Automotive industry – unsurprisingly, the automotive industry produces high volumes of oil waste, namely diesel, gas, and fuel oils. Automotive oil waste is produced in all areas of the industry, from manufacturing new vehicles to repairs and maintenance in garages.
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How oil waste collection works

Start with a free quote for oil waste collection tailored to your needs. The price will be based on the types, sizes, and number of oil waste containers you need, how frequently you want them collected, and your location. Our expert team can advise on the best options if you’re unsure.

Then we’ll book a time and date for your oil waste collection. We’ll deliver free bins to your location – you only pay for collection. Fill each container, barrel, or drum with the relevant type of used oil within any max fill lines or weight limits. Keep each oil type separate to avoid contamination.

Our licensed waste carriers will come in one of our purple trucks and remove your waste oil tanks, drums, and containers. They’ll transport it to a local waste management facility where it’s checked and sorted before being disposed of responsibly. The waste oil disposal method depends on its type, but we divert all used oil away from landfill.

Most oil is sent for recycling. This involves dewatering, filtering, and distilling the old oil to create biodiesel and other new oils. In other cases, waste oil is burned and used to generate power. Cooking oil can also be recycled into fuel alternatives, or it may be used as animal feed.

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The dangers associated with oil spillages or leaks mean you must ensure all waste oil is stored safely and securely before collection. At Divert, we provide free oil drums, barrels, and containers – you just cover the collection costs. There are no rental, delivery, or other hidden fees for cost-effective oil waste management.

These oil containers are secure, lockable, and made from robust materials that are difficult to pierce or damage. It’s also essential that you store them in a designated waste area, outside of direct sunlight. Ideally, this space should be cool, dry, and remain at a consistent temperature. Regular inspections of the area and containers are vital to avoid damage.

Use different oil drums and containers to separate waste and store it safely onsite. Many different sizes of drums, barrels, and containers are available to suit your needs. Explore the range of oil waste drums and containers:

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    We can provide waste oil drums in various sizes from 20 litres to 205 litres.

  • IBC tanks

    These are large containers for storing liquids such as oil waste with a capacity of 1,000 litres.

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Waste oil facts

Oil waste is a significant issue, especially when not managed responsibly. As it’s frequently used in our daily working and domestic lives there’s a lot of it produced. A few interesting facts and statistics about waste oil include:

  • 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.
  • The global waste oil market is predicted to be worth $70.6 billion (£57 billion) by 2031.
  • 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 – it’s estimated to be responsible for 25% 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.
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How to reduce oil waste

Reducing oil waste cuts disposal costs and the energy required to recycle used oil. There are various steps businesses can take to reduce the amount of waste oil they produce. However, these vary depending on the type of waste oil. A few steps to consider to reduce oil waste include:

  • Companies using large volumes of cooking oil, such as restaurants and takeaways, should consider more efficient cooking methods that require less oil. It’s also vital that you ensure all oil is stored safely and securely, preventing products from leaking or getting wasted.
  • The automotive industry is taking great strides to reduce oil use by introducing electric and hybrid cars into the market. Their engines require less motor oil to operate. Ensuring motor oil is recycled is another excellent way to reduce oil waste, as this oil does not wear out – it just needs cleaning before reuse.
  • Better waste management policies can help reduce the amount of waste oil produced within the UK and beyond across all sectors. Ensure you have the right size and amount of storage containers for waste oil and clear steps for removal and disposal to take care of all your oil waste.

Why use Divert for oil waste collection?

Responsibly dispose of any oil waste with Divert. We provide a wide range of free containers for your waste oil, including oil drums and IBC containers. There are no delivery, rental, or hidden fees – you only cover the costs of oil waste collection. Save money, time, and hassle getting rid of your waste oil.

Licensed waste carriers remove your oil waste and transport it safely for disposal in line with government and environmental regulations. All waste is diverted away from landfill, so you can rest assured its disposed of properly. We offer flexible collections and a free no obligation quote to help you get started.

Use Divert for your oil waste collection and we can:

  • Help you put together an effective waste management plan that reduces the amount of waste oil you produce. This can save you time and money while ensuring you run an eco-friendly business.
  • Provide you with access to a range of free bins and containers to store your waste oil securely before collection.
  • Create an oil waste collection schedule that works for you – with daily, weekly, or fortnightly removals available.
  • Recycle all waste oil produced within the day-to-day running of your business.
  • Combine the best-sized oil drums and containers with a collection schedule that’s cost-effective for your business.
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Get a free no obligation quote for oil waste removal today – call 01904 295 985 or contact us online. We just need an idea of the types, sizes, and number of containers you want, the collection frequency, and where your business is. If you’re unsure what’s best, speak to one of our expert team for a fast solution.

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Oil waste FAQs

  • Where can you collect oil waste?

    We offer oil waste collection across the UK to businesses in all sectors with any type of waste oil. Our focus is on Yorkshire but apply for a free quote and we’ll advise on whether we can collect oil waste from your organisation or not. The main places where we provide oil waste collection include:

  • What should you do with waste cooking oil at home?

    Very small amounts of used cooking oil can be placed in your general waste bin. Significant amounts should be put in a container and taken to your nearest household waste recycling centre (HWRC) for responsible disposal. Never pour waste cooking oil down the drain, as it can solidify and cause a blockage.

    Other options include using small amounts of cooking oil and brushing it on fences as a creosote alternative. Very small amounts can be added to a compost pile, such as a piece of kitchen towel that’s soaked up some used cooking oil (but no more).

  • Who buys waste oil?

    Various businesses pay for certain types of waste oil. This depends on where you live or your company is based, as well as the type and amount of oil you no longer need. Search online or ask around to find a service that pays for waste oil.

    However, check what they do with the waste oil to ensure it’s used responsibly and not taken to a landfill site or disposed of improperly.