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Three Tips for Disposing of Waste Oil the Proper Way

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Need to dispose of waste oil derived from your industrial operations? Disposal of waste oil is a dangerous job because the oil may contain heavy metals and toxic chemicals that can endanger human life and other forms of life if left to contaminate the air, soil and water sources. 

If you are considering doing the job yourself, then you should know the right way to do it. Although the rules and guidelines on how waste oil should be handled, stored and disposed of vary depending on location, some requirements are the same regardless of location. 

Read along to find out some of the most fundamental aspects of waste oil disposal that you should know about.

1. Understand What You Are Disposing Of

The process of proper waste oil disposal starts with knowing the kind of materials that you are handling.

As already pointed out, waste oil may contain hazardous materials that can endanger all forms of life when not handled and disposed of the correct way. That is why you should know the contents of your oil before disposing of it. 

Knowing the materials that you are dealing with is vital to determine the most suitable method of disposal.

2. Transfer the Oil Carefully

How you handle waste oil before it is stored and disposed of really matters. When transferring waste oil from the various points of use to a storage container, it is important to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment for the job and to avoid spillage that will contaminate the ground.

Accidental spills on paved surfaces should be cleaned up immediately to prevent injuries resulting from slips. Also, clean up spills on un-paved ground quickly to prevent contamination of the soil.

3. Store Waste Oil Properly

Proper storage of waste oil is essential for minimising the potential for further contamination of the oil and contamination of the ground from oil leaks. The oil should be stored in clean, structurally sound tanks that are specially designed for waste oil storage. Regular fuel tanks aren't sufficient for the storage of waste oil.

The waste oil tanks should be properly sealed to prevent contamination by external elements and placed in a cool, dry place. 

Don't have the time or ability to dispose of your waste oil the right way? The safest and most convenient way to get rid of your waste oil is to let a devoted waste oil collection service to do the job for you. That way, you can focus on the core competencies of your industrial operations while knowing that a competent partner is handling your waste oil disposal needs.

To learn more, contact a waste oil collection company.