Used oils are divided into two categories:
Are used oils hazardous for the environment?
Used oils are only slightly biodegradable; their disposal in the natural environment is therefore hazardous for natural systems. Example: used oils thrown into any waterbody will reduce the amount of oxygen available for the flora and fauna.
What Must NOT be done with used oils:
How should you store your used oils?
Leakproof facilities should be available for storing your used oils while awaiting their collection. These facilities should be easily accessible to vehicles responsible for collecting these oils.
How do you get your used oil collected?
You should hand over used oils to:
Volume < 600 litres: waste recycling centres with specialized storage containers will take on the collection of your waste oils.
Volume 600 litres: the simplest solution is to call an approved recycler who can come and collect your waste oils.
As soon as your stock of used oils has reached 600 litres, these companies will come to your site within a maximum of 15 days after your call.
If you regularly have large volumes of used oils for disposal (eg. more than 20 cubic metres at a time) the best solution is to call an approved final disposal agent to make arrangements to have your waste oils directly transported from your site to the final disposal site nearest to you.
How can I reduce the volumes of used oils I produce?
The lubricant quality is highly related to the volume of used oils that is generated. Accordingly, Total Lubricants has developed high quality lube oils which provide longer periods between oil changes, and so an actual reduction in the production of waste oil.
What happens to used oils after collection?
Used oils, after collection, may follow different routes for their treatment: