Oil is a non-renewable energy, but it can be recycled for other uses. Used oil like petroleum can be used as asphalt flux, fuel, an additive in manufactured products, and new lubricating oils.
That and other life-saving reasons make recycling of used oil awesome. What these reasons are enumerated below:
Used motor oil is hazardous
Used oil cannot be disposed of like general wastes do. It is labelled as hazardous waste as it can get contaminated by harmful chemicals when used in engines and transmissions. When lead, chromium, arsenic, to name a few, gets mixed with used oil and not properly disposed of, it can cause harm to the environment and living organisms.
According to Australia’s Department of Environment, “one litre of oil can contaminate one million litres of water” while “low-temperature burning of used oil can create airborne pollutants which can get into people’s lungs and have adverse health effects.”
Used motor oil is a valuable resource
The American Petroleum Institute publishes on its website that “just two gallons of used oil can generate enough electricity to run the average household for almost 24 hours.” Used oil only needs to be cleaned, treated, and re-refined for it to become the valuable resource that are the industrial burner fuel, mould oil, high-quality oil, among others.
Support government efforts
Bringing used oil to a collection facility or a collector of hazardous waste such as Waste Petroleum Combustion Limited is a good way to support the government in its effort to recycle used oil. Citizens that change the oil through a DIY approach must follow the procedures enumerated in the Guidelines for the Management and Handling of used oil. Oil retailers are also encouraged to inform as many people as possible that they accept used oil by posting a sign on their store and other partner stores.Bringing the used oil to a collection facility will complete the procedure.
Used oil can cause environmental pollution. Do your part by properly disposing of used oil through recycling.