Waste Oil and Use Oil

An important task of any responsible operation is the management of waste products. Government agencies that are tasked of protecting the environment are becoming more strict with formulating and reinforcing regulations stemming from the current public concern regarding ecological issues. Complying with these new regulations is necessary to avoid penalties and also for creating a positive impression in the minds of the public, a key aspect for success in the current business climate.

Contaminated oil
Contaminated oil

Any operation that uses machines and similar equipment also rely on lubricant technology. Proper lubrication ensures that the equipment run smoothly which is needed to maximize production.  The question now is how do you deal with the waste oil from lubrication applications?

First of all, it is important to distinguish waste oil from used oil. A used oil is any synthetic oil that has been put into service and as a result, has been physically or chemically contaminated. A waste oil, on the other hand, is any oil that has been contaminated prior to use. The contamination can happen during production or storage and has made the oil unsuitable for service.

Although the end result is contaminated oil, these two differ because waste oil is considered hazardous waste while used oil is not. There are different management protocols required for any waste that is labeled hazardous. This might seem entirely technical but requires careful attention to avoid penalties from government agency and the ire of the public.

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