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Oil Recycling & Filtration

Should you recycle or dispose of your used oils?

Consider one thing: Is your used oil really waste or could it be filtered and re-used? It may be more cost efficient to look at filtering and recycling your used oils, rather than disposing of it. For the cost of analysing you oil just once, we can determine if your oil is fit to recycle, which could save you a large amount of money and also contribute to the environmental.

We offer many different services to help your company to recycle your oils and diesel fuel. Most oils do not wear out but become contaminated with dust, dirt, wear debris and water.

We can either collect your oil, or you can arrange to deliver to us where we can filter it to the correct specification and then return it to your site, attend your site to carry out the filtration or hire you the equipment. We have our own internal facility for monitoring cleanliness levels during filtration and a laboratory to provide detailed analysis of the before and after filtration.

We are able to accept up to 28 x 1000 litre IBC's at our premises or we can collect up to 1000 litres (max 5 x 208 litre drums). Full laboratory oil analysis is performed and detailed reports are supplied to confirm that the oil is fit for use. We can also filter new oils for those applications that need really clean oil (e.g. Turbine Oil to NAS CLASS 6).

If you have oil stored and are thinking of disposing of it, think again: by filtering back to spec you could easily reduce your overheads by 50-80%. Definitely worth considering!

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Disposing of Waste Oil: The Environment Agency

If your oil is not fit to be filtered, or it would not prove cost effective to do so, then your waste oil must be disposed of correctly: Your site must be registered with the Environment Agency and you must have an up to date waste registration number.

Hazardous waste is waste that is dangerous to people, the environment or animals. Under the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005, it is an offence to produce hazardous waste at premises, or remove that waste from premises, unless those premises are either registered or are exempt. When you register your premises you receive a unique premises number called a 'premises code'. This code is valid for 12 months from the date of registration. If hazardous waste continues to be produced or removed from these premises after expiry then the premises code must be renewed. You can read guidance on how to register your premises on the link below. 

Environmental Protection Act: The Duty of Care

The Duty of Care is set out in section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and associated regulations. It applies to anyone who is the holder of controlled waste.

Persons concerned with controlled waste must ensure that the waste is managed properly, recovered or disposed of safely, does not cause harm to human health or pollution of the environment and is only transferred to someone who is authorised to receive it. The duty applies to any person who produces, imports, carries, keeps, treats, or disposes of controlled waste or as a broker has control of such waste.

Breach of the Duty of Care is an offence, with a penalty of up to £5000 on summary conviction or an unlimited fine on conviction of indictment.

Under the Duty of Care Regulations 1991 (the 1991 regulations), parties transferring waste are required to complete and retain a 'transfer note', containing a written description of that waste. Defra has provided statutory guidance on the completion of the duty of care transfer note. Regulations now require waste to be described on the transfer note by reference to the European Waste Catalogue (EWC) and its appropriate code number.

These amendments to the 1991 regulations were brought in to meet the landfill directive's requirements on monitoring the acceptance and treatment of waste, and will also help to fulfil the UK's obligation to implement the EWC.

What are the Pollution Prevention Guidelines (PPGs)?

The Pollution Prevention Guidelines (PPGs), previously maintained by the Environment Agency, were withdrawn from use in December 2015. To view the latest on this topic, please refer to the government website on the link below.

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