Two tips for new food manufacturers who need to use waste oil collection tanks

Food manufacturers will usually need to keep the waste oil their facility produces in collection tanks, so it can be picked up and disposed of by a waste collection company. Here are two tips for new food manufacturers who need to use these tanks.

They should place waste oil collection tanks in multiple, easy-to-access locations across the premises

In facilities where employees have to manually transport tubs of waste oil to the waste collection tanks, manufacturers should ensure that they put waste oil collection tanks in multiple locations across their premises. Employees shouldn't have to walk too far with tubs of waste oil (regardless of where they happen to be in the facility) as the more time they spend carrying it, the more likely it is that it will spill. If it spills, it could be impossible for them to put it back into the waste oil collection tanks (as they would need to use absorbent cleaning tools like mops and cloths to soak up the liquid). This, in turn, would mean the oil itself would not be disposed of in the environmentally-responsible way that it would have been, had it been put into these tanks and collected by a waste oil disposal company.

Furthermore, the waste oil disposal company whose collection service the manufacturer is using must be able to quickly access the tanks. If the tanks are, for example, located in a relatively small space behind several pieces of large machinery, it might be difficult for the waste collection specialist to connect their equipment's pump to each tank and drain the oil from it.  Additionally, it might be necessary for the employees who were using the large machinery to stop operating it until the oil has been drained from the tank, which could hinder the manufacturing of the facility's products.

They should add digital monitoring systems to their waste oil collection tanks

New food manufacturers should also consider adding digital monitoring systems to their waste oil collection tanks. This type of system usually features a sensor that's attached to the tank, which monitors how full the tank is. When the tank begins to approach its maximum capacity, the digital monitoring system automatically sends an alert to the waste oil collection company, who can then arrange to visit the premises to drain the tank before it gets too full.

Even though a monitoring system like this can be expensive, it can be extremely useful in a busy manufacturing facility. It can, for example, ensure that there is no lengthy delay between the time at which a tank becomes full and the time it is drained. This can then save the manufacturer the stress of having nowhere to store their surplus waste oil. It can also reduce the risk of employees overfilling the tanks; this, in turn, could prevent spillages of oil and reduce the chance of staff slipping on oil-covered floors.

To learn more about waste oil collection, contact a local company.