Safety Management

-Used Oil Disposal

Waste oil is defined as a special waste if it is a "refined petroleum product that has become unsuitable for its original purpose owing to the presence of impurities, or a loss of its original properties." This disposal procedure applies to the disposal of waste oil, or a non-hazardous material containing more than 3% by weight of oil.

Types of waste oil include the following:

  • Automotive lubricating oil
  • Cutting Oil
  • Fuel Oil
  • Gear Oil
  • Hydraulic Oil
  • Refined petroleum based Oil
  • Synthetic Oil
  • Vacuum-pump Oil

This procedure specifies the requirements for the packaging and disposal of oil or material contaminated with oil, such that UBC is in compliance with all legislation.

  1. Before it was proven that contaminants in oil are dangerous to human health, oil was disposed of in sewers, burned and used as a dust suppressant on pavement. Today, oil can be used in manufacturing of pavement and for fuel only with strict adherence to guidelines imposed by the BC Special Waste Regulation, BC Reg.
  2. Waste oil is not permitted in sanitary or storm sewers.
  3. Waste oil is not permitted in landfills in compliance.
  4. Any spills that exceed 100 liters must be reported.

The procedure for the collection and disposal of waste oil is as follows:

  1. The oil can be collected in three ways:
    • It can be collected in the supplier's original disposable plastic container if it is in good condition (i.e. not leaking).
    • One-gallon plastic oil cans.
    • 45 gallon metal or plastic drums
  2. Do not use ordinary solvent cans for oil.
  3. Fill out the solvent waste oil containers are properly marked and identified.
  4. Write, Waste Oil", Waste Oil contaminated with lead", or "Petroleum Oil" as applicable call the number of the authorized authority for the material to be picked up.
  5. Bring cans to usual solvent waste pick up place.
  6. Do not mix waste oil with other solvents.
  7. Do not overfill containers.

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