It doesn't matter if you are in your home or business, it is vital that you can safely store, handle, and dispose of hazardous or special waste. It is important to properly dispose of waste oil as it contains many contaminants. This will protect the environment and help preserve plant, animal, and human life.
Oil becomes a 'waste'
There are many types of oil. Each type has different properties. You need to know what technical specifications you have to use to define them as 'waste'. The most common oils that are made from fuels and lubricants will be petroleum oil, also known as mineral oil'. Vegetable-based oils are also common and can be used for cooking.
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Every type of oil can be harmful to the environment or human health. Engine oils can cause cancer, so must be carefully managed. Here are some steps to take if you have any common oil waste.
Treatment of waste oils
- The waste oil should be used as lubricating oil, i.e. This should be removed from a vehicle and placed in a container.
- These oils should be kept sealed with a lid. They should not be thrown away along with regular household waste or recycled. They should be taken to a local household recycling center for safe, specialist disposal.
- You can place small quantities of cooking oil in a household waste collection. You may need to label the oil as "waste oil" depending on what they require.
- It is important to remember that different types of oil shouldn't be mixed for oil collection. If you are disposing of more than one type of oil, separate containers should be used. Do not pour oil down the drains or into the ground.
- You should be aware that fuel can explode or catch fire if you are disposing of it. You should not burn or add fuel to your home heating tank to dispose of waste. Always consult a waste management professional to get safe fuel disposal advice.
- You should not turn the engine on if you suspect you have put the wrong fuel in your vehicle. Do not attempt to drain the fuel by yourself. It is a flammable and dangerous material that should only be handled by professionals such as a garage.