How Recycling Used Oil Can Save the Environment

Thursday 7 January 2016, 3:28PM
By Waste Petroleum Combustion Limited


It is common for people to recycle paper, plastic, glass, and metals like aluminium and steel these days. Some businesses, however, are unfamiliar with the importance of recycling used oil (any oil that has been refined from synthetic or crude oil that is contaminated by physical or chemical impurities).

Often times, these businesses are harming the environment by throwing used oil away with their normal garbage or are emptying their used oil into drains. These things, in the long run, can harm the environment.

To put the idea into perspective, just a gallon of oil can contaminate 1 million gallons of water.

Why Recycle Used Oil?

Why—exactly—should your business recycle used oil? For one, recycling it keeps the waste from polluting soil and water. In addition, motor oils specifically do not wear out; they only get dirty—which means recycling motor oil saves a valuable resource.

Oil recovery requires only one-third the energy used to refine crude oil to lubricant quality as well. Used oil is also valuable. It takes 42 gallons of crude oil, but only one gallon of used oil to produce two and a half quarts of new and high-quality lubricating oil.

Guidelines for Businesses

If your business is involved in the use or manufacture of generators, transporters, re-finers, processors, and burners, you are probably handling used oil and need to look for ways to recycle your waste. To start with the task, look for specialists like Waste Petroleum Combustion Limited to help you recycle your oil waste.

Waste Petroleum Combustion Limited collects waste oil throughout the North Island in New Zealand. The waste oils are brought back to their facility for recycling, and then goes through their processing plant to remove the impurities. This process produces a high quality industrial heating fuel, which can be used by businesses in the timber drying, meat processing, and horticulture industry.

Waste Petroleum Combustion Limited also provides waste oil storage tanks, which come with a capacity of up to 1000L. Their tanks are very popular in North Island and each complies with environmental standards.

Visit their site at to know more about how they can help you with waste oil recovery.