Used Oils

Used Oils


Used oils are split into two categories:


- Clear oils: they are of industrial origin and slightly deteriorated in use. They can easily be regenerated through a simple purification process (filtering and/or centrifugation). 
- Dark oils: they are mainly originating from automotive lubrication, and so have been subject to severe thermal and mechanical conditions under which they have been oxidized and loaded with metals and combustion residues.

Neither of these oils should be confused with used soluble oils and other aqueous machining fluids, vegetable frying oils, or water-hydrocarbon mixtures for which entirely different methods for collection and disposal are used.


Are used oils hazardous for the environment?

Used oils are only slightly biodegradable; their disposal in the natural environment is therefore hazardous for natural systems. For example, used oils thrown into any water body will reduce the amount of oxygen available for the flora and fauna.

What Must NOT be done with used oils?

-Never throw used oils in waste traps, waste fills, gutters or drains.

-Never use them as a weed-killer.

-Never use them for protecting woodwork.

-Never use them as heating fuels.

How should I store my used oils?

Leak proof facilities should be available for storing your used oils while awaiting their collection. These facilities should be easily accessible to vehicles responsible for collecting these oils.

How do I get my used oil collected?

You should hand over used oils to:

-       An approved recycler,

-       Or an approved waste recycling centre,

-       Or an approved final disposal agent.


Volume < 600 litres: waste recycling centers with specialized storage containers will take on the collection of your waste oils.

Volume 600 litres: the simplest solution is to call an approved recycler who can come and collect your waste oils.


As soon as your stock of used oils has reached 600 liters, these companies will come to your site within a maximum of 15 days after your call.

If you regularly have large volumes of used oils for disposal (eg. more than 20 cubic meters at a time), the best solution is to call an approved final disposal agent to make arrangements to have your waste oils directly transported from your site to the final disposal site nearest to you.


How can I reduce the volumes of used oils I produce?

The lubricant quality is highly related to the volume of used oils that is generated. Accordingly, Total Lubricants has developed high quality lube oils which provide longer periods between oil changes, leading to an actual reduction in the production of waste oil.

What happens to used oils after collection?

Used oils, after collection, may follow different routes for their treatment:

-       Clear used oils are mainly recycled

-       Dark used oils are either regenerated, or incinerated in cement works, or burned in specialized centers (for energy recovery).