Oil fuels our cars, trucks, and other machinery. But, with regular use, the oil is eventually contaminated with dirt and other pollutants. At this point, recycling used oil is essential so that it can be disposed of or reused.
The best part about recycled oil is that it can be used for the same or a different task. This makes it an extremely versatile raw material.
At Origin, we are committed to protecting the environment through recycling. Be sure to get in touch to find out how Origin can help you with all your oil recycling needs.
What is Used Oil?
Simply put, used oil is a petroleum-based substance that has been used. This may be as fuel for a car, airplane, ship, or industrial equipment.
The following are some common examples of used oil:
- Used synthetic oil from coal
- Oil used in an engine
- Compressor oils after use
- Laminating oils after use
- Electrical insulating oil after use
The following examples are not used oil:
- Vegetable oil and animal oil
- Petroleum solvents
It’s important to know the difference between what constitutes used oil and what doesn’t. This way, you are aware of whether the resource you use is recyclable. Further, if your resource is not a used oil, it’s still important that you dispose of it correctly.
How Can Used Oil Be Recycled?
The most important part of recycling used oil is to reduce the impurities. The types of impurities will largely depend on the industry you’re in, but they range from debris and dirt to grease and grime. The type of impurity will often determine the method of recycling.
Refining the oil is a preferred method of recycling. This is because it prolongs the life of the used oil and it becomes a useful resource forever. This method involves reprocessing the used oil into a newer, high-quality lubricating oil.
Extensive testing on refined oil shows that it is just as good as, if not better than, virgin oil.
The Benefits of Recycling Oil
Protecting the environment
There are many benefits to oil recycling. But, the most important is the positive impact it has on the environment.
Often, people don’t know how to dispose of oil correctly. They may not even realize that it’s recyclable.
By recycling oil, you’re keeping it out of our soil, bodies of water, and away from our wildlife. This is essential as even the smallest presence of oil in our oceans can have a devastating effect.
At Origin, we come to you and collect your used oil for recycling. You can do your part for the environment without even having to think about it.
Oil recycling also benefits our economy. This is because the task of retrieving and recycling used oil creates many jobs. Plus, recycled used oil also provides us with cost-efficient products. For example, burner fuel for furnaces is cheap and widely available as a result of recycled used oil.
Oil in non-renewable
Further, because oil is a non-renewable resource it will eventually run out. By recycling used oil, we can potentially preserve this resource or buy enough time to develop alternative fuels.
Further benefits of recycling used oil:
- It requires less energy to produce a gallon of refined base stock compared to producing base stock from crude oil.
- Just one gallon of used oil gives us the same 2.5 quarts of lubricating oil as 42 gallons of crude oil.
Make Recycling Oil Easy with Origin
Our dedicated and efficient team makes it so simple for you to recycle your used oil. We are happy to collect at a time that suits you and your needs. So, this also means little to no downtime for your business.
We have a team of friendly staff who are experts in the field and are happy to assist with any questions.
Get in Touch Today
If you have used oil, whether it be compressor, engine, or laminating oils, we are here to help. Our collection service makes it that much easier to protect the environment.
So, get in touch with our team at Origin today. Whether you have questions or you would like to schedule an appointment, we are happy to assist.
Recycle and reuse your oil today and reap the endless financial and environmental benefits!