The improper management of old equipment oil from your commercial and industrial operations could damage the environment. Moreover, the consequences of contaminating the environment with waste oil can be severe. Therefore, consider recycling options for your waste oil. The process is inexpensive and straightforward. Your company will only need to collect and hole the oil in containers and consult a specialist business for pickup and subsequent recycling. Keep in mind that poor management of the containers could cause onsite oil contamination. Here are tips for the proper use of containers for waste oil storage.

Choose Suitable Containers

The quality of containers will affect safe storage for waste oil. Therefore, choose suitable containers for collecting and storing your oil. Avoid improvising by using old containers from your other business operations. If the material of the chosen receptacle is incompatible with the oil, an unfavourable reaction might occur. This interaction will increase worksite hazards or the oil could be contaminated and become unrecyclable. So, purchase industrial drums designed specifically for waste oil holding. Consult your recycler for information on acquiring quality drums.

Prevent Container Disturbance

When storing drums of oil on your worksite, think about the risk of disturbance. For instance, workers might open the drums with the oil inadvertently, increasing the probability of dangerous spills. You could avoid this problem by labelling the drums as waste oil. The label should be secure, legible and durable. Also, consider the placement of the containers in a secure place on your site. For example, a lockable area with minimal movement would be ideal.

Inspect and Repair Container

Waste oil containers are durable, but they can sustain damage due to impact, rusting or general wear. These forms of damage will increase the risk of oil leakage and spillage on your commercial or industrial site. Therefore, plan for regular inspections of the drums. Regular assessment of the containers will confirm the state of the containers. Look out for holes, dents and cracks in the drum structures. If you notice defects, stop using the affected drum and plan for immediate repair. If the drum cannot be repaired, remove and replace it.

Uphold Good Practices

Finally, consider the best general practices to uphold when storing waste oil for recycling. For instance, avoid overfilling the containers because the risk of spilling will increase during handling or in case of an accident. Also, do not mix different oils, especially if you would prefer recycling or disposal. Additionally, seal the containers tightly during the holding or storage period to minimise contamination of the stored fluid.

Contact a company like Wren Oil to learn more.