Dec 16

Oil Disposal Tips

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Oil is a terrible form of pollution. We have all heard about tanker accidents at sea causing devastation on coastlines which then takes years to clean up. However, did you know that one litre of oil can pollute a million litres of fresh drinking water?. Its true. The Environment Agency has set up an oil care campaign to help oil users to dispose of oil responsibly. Their website can be found at

When oil reaches water it doesn’t sink to the bottom. It just floats on the surface. When large spillages occur it forms a film on the surface of the water which affects fish, birds and animals that come into contact with it. In the UK heavy fines are imposed for oil pollution offences. All waste oil needs to be disposed of carefully and that includes burning of waste oil which in itself causes air pollution.

Oil can find its way into the sewer system simply by irresponsible car owners carrying out an oil change and pouring the contents down a nearby drain. Oil storage tanks can leak and oil can contaminate the soil and eventually find its way to the water table. There is really no excuse for this type of pollution. If equipment is properly maintained and used oil is disposed of correctly it can be recycled and be useful rather than detrimental. You can find the location of the nearest used oil bank by simply ringing 0800 663366.

Apart from the obvious dangers of oil pollution leakage can occur from faulty vehicle fuel tanks, spillages on petrol station forecourts and leakage from power boat motors. Garage forecourts or maintenance bays often use an appropriate product to absorb oil spillages. This tends to come in the form of granules for liquid spillages and has highly absorbent properties.

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