With the promulgation of The Waste Act No 59 of 2008 on 1 July 2009, the legal requirements for the environmentally responsible collection and disposal of used lubricating oils rests with the generator for safe disposal. Generators must ensure that all waste is recovered, stored, transported and disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner. Effective 1 July 2010 all Hazardous Waste generators that generate more than 20kg per day, are required to register on the South African Waste Information System (SAWIS) website (www.sawic.org.za).
Did you know ... just one litre of oil can contaminate one million litres of water?
Lubricants (oils and grease) reach a point where they no longer can perform their designated role as they have been contaminated by impurities such as dirt, metal scrapings, water, or chemicals or the additive package in the lubricant has reached the end of its useful service life. Oil has a life after it has been in your equipment. It doesn’t wear out – it just gets dirty.
There are many uses for recycled oil:
- Industrial burner fuel
- Mould oil – used to help release products from their moulds
- Re-refined base oil – for use and re-blending as a lubricant
- Btumen based products
- An additive in manufactured products
A lubricant picks up dangerous contaminants as it moves through your equipment. These contaminants are harmful to the environment and to aquatic plants and animals. The release of used oil into the environment endangers our drinking water supply, a valuable non-renewable resource. Recycling used oil saves money, saves energy, protects the environment.
Only used oil is collected for recycling, waste lubricants needs to be disposed of by a registered waste management company. What is the difference?
Used oil: Synthetic oil (usually derived from coal, shale, or polymer-based starting material), engine oil (typically gasoline and diesel engine crankcase oils and piston engine oils for automobiles, trucks, boats, airplanes, locomotives, and heavy equipment), and transmission and hydraulic fluids are classified as oils which can be recycled.
Waste lubricants: Bottom clean-out waste from virgin fuel storage tanks, virgin fuel spill cleanups, antifreeze, kerosene, vegetable and animal oil, solvents, transformer oils, technical & medicinal white oils, greases, waxes, petrolatums, two-stroke petrol engine oils, chainsaw cutter bar lubricants, rockdrill lubricants, water-based fluids with less than 80% oil content, phosphate esters, process oils where the lubricant is compounded into a solid, marine engine oils, rolling oils, drawing oils, rust preventatives, mould release oils, wire rope and open gear dressings and shock absorber oils.
- Do not mix used oil and waste lubricants together. If this occurs, authorised waste management companies will need to handle these disposals.
- Label all containers and tanks as ‘Used Oil’ and/or ‘Waste Lubricants’.
- Keep containers and tanks in good condition. Don't allow tanks to rust, leak, or deteriorate.
- Never store used oil or waste lubricants in anything other than clearly marked tanks and storage containers.
You don't have to hassle with old drums or other makeshift containers which take up space and are messy to fill or empty. Make maximum use of available space by purchasing a tailor-made, cubic-shaped mini tank from the ROSE foundation. Your work will be interrupted less often by collections as you'll be able to store more used oil. Collections do not require handling of the tanks as sealed couplings are used to pump the contents straight into a tanker truck. So there's no spillage or leakage. Most collectors will purchase the used oil at the prevailing price in the area and this income will pay for your tank.
Avoid the risk of prosecution by using approved collectors who are compliant with the Waste Act and do not release used oils to unregistered collectors who do not have documented proof of safe disposal. By using an accredited collector such as those recommended by the National Oil Recycling Association of South Africa (NORA-SA) you can rest assured that the used oil will be processed in the most environmentally sensitive manner possible.
- Only dispose of used oil through ISO 14001 certified processors
- Maintain a record of the oil collected
- For collections by NORA-SA accredited collectors call 0860 66 7272
- Waste lubricants require special disposal through organisations such as EnviroServ and Oil Separation Solutions
- Both used plastic and metal containers can be recycled by contacting the relevant organisation
- ROSE Foundation - www.rosefoundation.org.za
- Used Oil Collection - (NORA-SA) www.norasa.co.za
- Waste Lubricants - (EnviroServ Waste Management) www.enviroserv.co.za
- Grease Recycling - (Oil Separation Solutions Sales & Services) www.oilseparationsolutions.co.za
- Recycling of Metal and Plastic Drums and Pails - (Responsible Packaging Management Association of SA) www.rpmasa.org.za
- Recycling of Metal Cans and Plastic Bottles - (Collect-a-Can) www.collectacan.co.za