Oil Disposal after change

Submitted: Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 19:30
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I am wondering what everyone does with the oil from their oil changes?

Do you do the right thing and take it to an oil recycler?
Or do you do what I suspect most do and dump it in the wheely bin or on the ground in the back blocks?

I have been collecting mine in 20lt drums for years and when I ring the council and ask where to dispose of it they say take it back to where I bought it and pay for its disposal!! or take it to the nearest city recyclers.
Yeh right! as if anyone would drive 100 ks to pay for disposal of oil changes!

What does everone do?
Become an environmental vandal? or am I missing something!

Cheers,

Dave

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Reply By: Graham - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 19:45

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 19:45
I pour mine over my fence posts to keep the white ants out
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Reply By: Cobra - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 19:59

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 19:59
Mine goes to the recycling area at the tip. It's free
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Reply By: Willie - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 20:02

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 20:02
This subject has come up before on the forum and as I recall there were howls of protest when I suggested to put it on the driveway to keep the dust down. The wheelie bin isn't a bad idea as it goes into the waste pit. The funny thing is that the oil comes out of the earth quite legally and by all accounts in an evironmentally friendly way. Yet when we want to return it to the earth it is a big No No. I have a special pit where the waste oil goes and sometimes it goes in to the bin. Yes, it is good for posts as well as along corrugated iron fences.
Cheers
WillieNever a dull moment
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 20:23

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 20:23
Our local tip takes it...
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Reply By: The Crow - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 20:26

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 20:26
I put it into 2 twenty ltr drums and when full take to tip for recycleing costs $5 to dispose of.
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Reply By: Savvas - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 20:44

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 20:44
Our local waste transfer station takes it for free.
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Reply By: Mick - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 21:13

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 21:13
KMart auto takes mine.
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Reply By: soldierboy - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 21:31

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 21:31
thers some sort of cement lid in our drive way dont know what it is but the oil goes in therelove you long time lol
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Follow Up By: Member - Wherethehellawi - Friday, Oct 17, 2003 at 09:40

Friday, Oct 17, 2003 at 09:40
Hav'nt you filled it yetWow! am I cute
If yer ain't fishing, Yer ain't livin
Richard
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Reply By: ross - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 21:43

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 21:43
Dumping it in wheelie bins makes it harder to recycle the contents.Pouring it down holes or drains ensures that the highly toxic solvents including benzene that are known carcinogens end up in our ground water supply.That would have to be the height of irresponsibility.You can take your old oil to any Kmart or mechanical workshop .They have it removed free by recycling companies.For the average home mechanic like myself that means one or two trips a yearmaximum .Its that easy.
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Follow Up By: Slammin - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 22:31

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 22:31
I agree with you Ros. If the workshop etc won't take it I have known known to leave it in their driveway. The same goes with tyres.

In my KTM service manual it points out that 1l of oil dumped on the
ground can potentially contaminate 100 000 litres of water.

As far as using the oil for fences etc diesel oil is highly noxiuos and poisonous stuff, I was asleep on a boat and the engine dumped a load of oil in the bilge which I being asleep didn't notice anyway 3hrs later woke to have a spew that came out green (never been seasick) and spent 2 days in hospital for observation after toxic poisoning. Surely creosote would be better for your fences etc and you'll only have to do it once, bit late now though.

Out bush I have seen some shocking and flagrant behaviour one of the worst is the unofficial parking/rest spot at the juction of the Kintore and Tanami Roads which regularly is the dumping spot for commercial loads of diesel oil and used filters etc they empty the 300l drums on the ground and toss the rest in a pile, *&T^(&^%(&^%*^%$&^#%&^#&^#&^#&^#%&^#%&^#%&^#%&^#%&%$#$^#$@%$!#%$#@&%$#*&^$(&^%(^%*^%$&%$@@^!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Follow Up By: Alan H - Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 13:12

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 13:12
Our local council takes waste like oil and other recyclables every fortnight on the same day as the normal collection. I leave it in the clean on the outside 5ltr containers it comes in, makes recycling easy.
But I've seen some bad things done in the bush when I worked on road jobs and mine sites. Massive oil dump at Telfer which we burnt off every few weeks, should have seen the fire and smoke from thousands of gallons of diesel, engine oil, hydraulic, diff oil etc.
Other sites we just cut a rip with a dozer or grader and dropped the lot straight in, and then covered it up. Out of sight, out of mind was the reasoning then. Far too expensive to truck it to the nearest collection point, which probably didn't even exist 20 years ago.
At least these days and in the metro areas, there's no excuse to just dump it.
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Reply By: Martyn (WA) - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 22:26

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 22:26
Dave,
I take my oil into the local servo in 20 litre can, they have a recycling oil bin they allow me to dump it free.Keep the shiny side up
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Reply By: Michael - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 23:24

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 23:24
You mean to say,,, you have to change the engine oil LOL!!!! change it for what??
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Reply By: JohnR - Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 08:36

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 08:36
A neighbour has a LARGE area of gravel done with waste oil and is very effective right above his dam with waterskiing and such for recreation.

I did the same with one oil change recently to have charming female employee say to me about all the penguines I was about to kill. The connection avoided me for a while, so she went on to explain that the oil slick was expected to spread to the sea getting into their feathers. I had to tell her I would die if I saw any come that far inland to get to the oil, 10 kms or so!!

cheers
john
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Reply By: Mick - Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 08:41

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 08:41
Recycle it, fossil fuels wont be around for eternity.
Do a bit to save the environment.
Our waste centre takes it free.
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Reply By: Member - Hugh (WA) - Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 21:41

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 21:41
Similar response to Alan H. Our council picks up waste oil, used filters (in bag), batteries, etc every 2nd Tuesday with the recycling collection.

Hugh
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Reply By: Member- Rox - Saturday, Oct 18, 2003 at 17:36

Saturday, Oct 18, 2003 at 17:36
I put it in the driveway of the place i buy it from (S/C) at night as they charge me 10c / litier to recycle it. Name, adress with heald to protect the guilty;-))))Have 4WD will Explore
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Follow Up By: american guy - Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 09:23

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 09:23
I was reading some of your comments on the oil recyling issue well here is a thought.

dose anybody need hot water for any reason?

a bunch of you guys should get to geather and store it in one place?
and burn it use the hot water for stuff.
eeerrr

not sure if that would be feesable?

well here is the point in the u.s. most comonly we burn it!

and we use int to heat our repair shops in the winter there are a ton companies that make a wide array of burnners the new kind are boilers that run used engine oil and it's legal
the best part most shops charge a environmental charge with the oil change about 1$ then the state government gives the shop a tax credit
just though i would shed a little light from across the pond!!!
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