Oil-based components have numerous uses ranging from household cooking to the care and maintenance of machinery moving parts. However, like any other waste item, it’s imperative to discard waste oil properly to prevent its numerous negative impacts on the environment.
When does oil become a waste?
Different oil types have distinctive properties that dictate their classification. The UK government provides you with technical guidance to help you place your waste under the right category, which will later help you determine the proper disposal method.
Mostly, waste oils from lubricants or fuels come from mineral oils. However, vegetable-based materials and other common cooking oils can also become waste.
UK legal requirements
There are several legal requirements how waste oil should be disposed of, based on the location and manner in which it was produced. When disposing of your waste oil, check the following legal requirements, and comply with them:
- If it’s household waste oil, contact your local authority to get specific advice on the best disposal options.
- If you’re disposing of waste oil from your household to a commercial company, the facility that takes it becomes solely responsible for its storage and disposal.
- The waste oil law covers industrial and commercial waste oils for storage, transport, and disposal.
The waste oil disposal process
Follow the following process to dispose of your waste oil safely:
- Store the waste oil properly: The oil disposal process starts with proper storage in the right container. It’s preferable to use the original container and seal it tightly to avoid spillage and leakages.
- Be certain about what you’re discarding: Before discarding the waste oil, ensure that it’s the right one you want to dispose of. This will help you understand the best way to dispose of it.
- Hire expert services: If you’re unable to dispose of the oil, contact a local waste oil removal expert. Most oil removers in the UK come with the necessary removal equipment to ensure safe waste oil disposal.
- Don’t pour the oil down a septic system or the drain: You should never pour used cooking oil down the drain or septic system as it can clog it. Store it properly before it’s collected and taken for recycling.
- If you’ve chosen to burn the oil, use the right heater: Burning waste oil is a cheap and safe way to convert the used oil into a more valuable product such as bio-diesel.
- Strictly adhere to the laid down oil disposal guidelines: Oil manufacturers provide customers with disposal guidelines written on a manual. Strictly adhere to them and in case of confusion, refer to the manual. Please familiarize yourself with waste oil disposal equipment before using it.
I believe that with this guide, disposing of waste oil will no longer pose a challenge. By following these steps and adhering to the legal requirements, you’ll have contributed to protecting the environment and human health.