Top Facts About Waste Oil Recycling Every Auto Mechanic Should Know

8 November 2019
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Did you know that around 500 million litres of oil sold in Australia is recycled? It is significant progress, especially if you consider historical data. Unfortunately, most people do not know that waste oil can be reclaimed and reused. For instance, if you run a small auto repair shop, it is better to recycle waste oil rather than dispose of it in landfills where it will harm the surrounding community. Here are some facts about waste oil recycling that will help you decide on the most appropriate recycling approach.

Dirty Oil Is Still Reusable

As an auto mechanic, you have seen your fair share of lubricating oil and how dirty it can get, especially in car parts that are not well protected with seals. Most mechanics often think that overly dirty waste oil cannot be reused and should therefore be disposed of. Nothing could be further from the truth because waste oil, no matter how dirty, can still be cleaned and reused without any side effects. It might explain why recycled waste oil is used as a burner fuel in industrial facilities or refined back into lubricating oil. That said, you should be careful how you store waste oil because it will not be recyclable if it mixes with other chemicals such as lead, chromium or benzene.    

Waste Oil Collectors Don't Charge a Fee

There is a common and misguiding misconception that waste oil collectors charge a fee for services offered. It is no wonder that some auto shops — mainly startups — don't use these services and end up disposing of used oil inappropriately. The truth is that waste oil collectors know the value of used oil and don't charge a fee for oil volumes exceeding 600 litres. That said, used oil collection service providers will sell the oil to recycling plants, and that is how they make money. Therefore, it is critical to do an audit of how much waste oil you produce. If it is above 600 litres, then you shouldn't worry about the waste oil recycling services eating into your business' accounts. 

Waste Oil Is Not Worn Oil

When you mention waste oil to some people, the first thing that comes to mind is worn-out oil that cannot be reclaimed and reused. However, the truth is that waste oil doesn't wear out; it only gets dirty. That is why, during recycling, waste oil has to undergo various processes to eliminate the dirt and other contaminants. The processes restore the effectiveness of waste oil, thus making it applicable in lubricating functions.