Waste Oil OiL Gen­er­a­tion a slip­pery cus­tomer

Land Rover AFRICA Magazine - - TECHNICAL -

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.

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