Good waste disposal is, of no question, necessary. Waste, if placed in the wrong place, can definitely be a hazard not only to the environment but to people as well. Much more attention should be given in disposing of chemicals that may present immediate risks to nature. One example is waste oil.
Though it is necessary to dispose of all the trash that you have, it is important to give more attention to waste oil. Not all households have this kind of waste, however, even a small amount of either engine oil or household oil can create a huge problem.
Let’s take for example disposing oil in the drainage. Used oil from a heater or burner, if poured into a drain, can give way to water and land pollution, thus risking the wildlife. Also, if it comes into a sewer system, it can eliminate the efficiency of bacteria that are responsible for decomposition.
Burning of oil and mixing it with any other substance is not a good way to dispose oil. The results are obvious. Aside from air pollution, the fumes from it, if inhaled, can be harmful to a person’s health. So it doesn’t matter where the burning needs to be done. The thing here is that this kind of disposal should never be practiced.
So, what is now the proper way to dispose waste oil? Here are a few disposal guidelines:
- Consider oil recycling. Before even thinking of disposing the oil, why not check if using it again will still work? Usually, your burner, heater, or furnace at home doesn’t need brand new clean oil.
- Store it at home. There is no harm in leaving the used oil in the backyard, as long as it is in a secured place. You may use a small tank or boiler for storage. Just remember, though, that in some legislation, you need to get a permit first to store it. This is done to ensure that you meet the necessary requirements for storage to prevent pollution.
- Donate it to a collection site. If you think you can’t use it yourself, then consider bringing it to institutions that practice oil recycling. They collect used oil and see if they can still reuse it. For household oil, it should be taken to any household waste recycling centers.
- Take it to the oil bank. The government provides oil banks, where used oils are stocked and disposed in a large boiler. Just be careful however, that you should be having a permit to transport the waste oil to the site.
As an answer to this, there are a lot of contractors that are either registered as a waste carrier or a recycler. To have their assistance, their numbers are often seen in directories. Let them do the job of proper waste oil disposal for you.
Knowing what you should do in disposing waste oil, you should be responsible enough to follow it. If you were already doing it, you definitely helped a lot. If you are still practicing the wrong methods, it’s not too late yet to make a change.