HOW TO PROPERLY DISPOSE USED OIL
Regular oil replacement, as recommended by auto manufacturers, is mandatory for any car or motorcycle owners. It is one way to maintain the condition of engine components – keeping them clean and free from deposits. The benefits are also immediate: vehicle performance is optimal for longer and engine is more durable. Oil replacement may also be done at home, but it is important that you learn how to dispose old oil properly.
Used engine oil is classified as hazardous waste – not only it pollutes the environment, the oil’s chemical compound is also toxic and contains heavy metals. Soil will not be able to absorb oil and it takes a lot of time for the oil to decompose, resulting in water and soil contamination, as well as contamination in the drainage system.
Dispose Oil the Right Way
The first step to take before draining your vehicle’s oil tank is to look for credible information and clear step-by-step guide. Next, prepare a container – a pan, a bucket, or simply a can – and put it under the drain plug.
After the old oil is safely drained, bring the old filter and the container to your nearest disposal or oil treatment facility – consult the internet to look for the locations.
Cleaning Your Oil Spills
Accidental engine oil spills need to be cleaned immediately to prevent contamination. Here are some tips to do that:
1. Quickly identify the source of spill or leakage and stop further spill.
2. Get your spill kit, or special sorbent equipment
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3. If you do not have a spill kit in hand, you can use sand, soil, or some cloths and towels.
4. Do not use detergent or other cleaning products, as their chemical compound may react to oil and create dangerous pollutants.
5. Dispose the spillage properly at a designated disposal or recycling facility.
Cleaning oil spillage on asphalt or paved surface
You also need to immediately clean oil spillage on your driveway or on the road near your house. Here are some tips:
1. Clean spillage using cloths or towels
2. You may also apply dishwashing liquid, oven cleaner, or sprinkle some baking soda on the stain using a brush
3. Let it sit for 30 minutes
4. Put some water on the stain, use a cloth or towel to scrub stain
5. Dispose the cloth/towel at a designated disposal or recycling facility.
It is important that oil spillage is immediately cleaned. Try the above tips to keep your environment clean and safe from pollutants.