3 Critical Aspects to Remember in Waste Oil Collection Activities

What was considered a useless and problematic waste product a few decades ago is a crucial asset for many businesses today. Nowadays, it is possible to recycle and reuse waste oil, and the best part is that it can be done cost-effectively. However, waste oil has to be collected first, and this is arguably the most crucial stage of the oil recycling process. Therefore, if you are a small plant that is incapable of recycling its waste oil, then you need waste-oil collection services. The service providers specialise in collecting and delivering waste oil to recycling plants. This article looks at various things you need to keep in mind concerning waste oil collection

Store Waste oil in Original Containers -- A common tendency among small business owners is to dispose of oil containers after making a purchase. When it is time to store waste oil in preparation for collection, the firms turn to waste plastic or metal containers. First, disposing of the original oil containers defeats environmental protection and recycling goals. The reason is that the containers still contain some oil, and haphazard disposal causes harm to the environment. Second, oil containers are specially designed to handle oil, while conventional containers are not. Therefore, different container expose waste oil to impurities and might render the oil unrecyclable. Most importantly, ensure that you store waste oil in the original containers it was supplied in. If you don't have any tanks, then the waste oil collection company should provide appropriate storage containers to avoid contamination.

Request Waste Transfer Note -- The first step to the proper collection of waste oil is the selection of the right company. The right service provider is registered and licensed to collect not just any type of waste, but particularly waste oil. The reason is that some companies claim that they are permitted to collect and dispose of hazardous waste when, in the real sense, they are not. If the company you are dealing with is licensed, then they should provide you with a valid waste transfer note. It is an essential document that confirms that waste oil is disposed of per the laid down regulations. Remember to keep the waste transfer note for at least two years after the disposal date and produce it upon request. Failure to do so will expose you to hefty non-compliance fines. 

Notify Local Hazardous Waste Program Agency -- After hiring a service provider, you must notify a local hazardous waste program agency about the waste oil collection effort. It is good practice so that relevant personnel can be deployed to your facility to monitor the activities. It allows the local agency to collect relevant information such as the collection company, the waste oil transfer facility and the receiving or recycling company. The data collected helps to keep track of the disposal or recycling process, and most importantly hold all parties accountable.