Waste Oil OiL Generation a slippery customer
Ohave you heard the one about the man whose Landy didn’t leak oil? The factory took it back and worked on it until it did… Jokes aside, lubricating oil drained from engines, gearboxes, hydraulic systems, turbines and air compressors can be extremely harmful to the environment and its correct disposal is vital. nce drained, the oil is contaminated with wear debris and has deteriorated and degraded to acids. The additives have decomposed into other chemical species and the process fluids, degreasers and solvents have mixed into the used oil. Incorrect handling and disposal can have catastrophic consequences on the environment. If you’re a generator of oil and produce or collect more than 20 kg of hazardous waste a day, national regulation ( National Environmental Management Waste Act, 2008) requires you to dispose of it within 180 days of its generation. This is according to a paper outlining the safety guidelines of generating oil in South Africa supplied by the ROSE ( Recycling Oil Saves the Environment) Foundation, a non- profit organisation registered as a section 21 company. ROSE manages the environmentally acceptable collection, storage and recycling of used lubricating oil in South Africa. It’s run by a chief executive officer and a board of seven directors representing members of all the main lubricant marketers in the country.
Waste oil generators must adhere to the following requirements:
Reclassify the waste every five years or within 30 days of a change in process, raw materials or any other relevant factors. Provide designated transporter with a safety data sheet. Ensure waste is reused, recycled, recovered, treated or disposed of within 18 months of generation.