How to dispose of Oil? - Advice / ELF

Oil pollution & recycling FAQs

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How to prevent pollution?

Oil storage solutions - Discover how we can prevent pollution from a waste oil storage tank.

Any waste oil storage tank, such as tanks containing heating oil, diesel and waste oil, should be routinely checked and maintained to avoid the risk of causing pollution, through leaks and spills. For larger oil storage solutions on commercial sites, the tank may also need to comply with the Oil Storage Regulations.

It is always a good idea to keep your domestic heating oil tank in good condition, and ideally it should be properly bunded (contained within a sealed area or unit), so that in the event of a leak, the oil will not soak away into the ground.

This can cause a great deal of damage to your property and the wider environment and can be very costly to clean up.
As the owner you may be liable and even face prosecution if the oil pollutes groundwater or a nearby river. You may wish to check your home or business insurance policy to make sure you are covered for such incidents.

Oil recycling and pollutions

When to recycle?

Each time you have used oil. Indeed, you are not truly done with an oil change until you have properly recycled your used motor oil and oil filter. Used oil does not belong in storm drains, on the ground or in the trash. Used oil can contain heavy metals and other toxic substances.

How to dispose of oil?

If you are wondering how to dispose of motor oil, how to dispose of engine oil, how to dispose of brake fluid , how to dispose of car oil, this section is for you!

Recycling the used oil from your car is simple and good for the environment.
Tips on How to dispose oil?

  1. After draining the oil from your car’s crankcase, pour the oil into a clean, leak-proof container with a screw-on top. Many household containers are suitable, including original motor oil containers.
  2. Never use containers that have held food, beverages or household chemicals such as bleach.
  3. Make sure that the container is clearly labelled “Used Oil,” kept out of the reach of children and pets and that it has a secure lid so it cannot spill. You can purchase containers specifically designed for carrying used motor oil at automotive supply stores.
  4. Take the container to the nearest used oil collection centre. If your community doesn’t have a collection centre, check with your local service station or an automobile maintenance facility such as a lube centre, repair shop or car dealership. You can also look for the nearest “oil drop.” This is a petroleum industry symbol indicating that used oil is collected for recycling/reuse.

Can oil be recycled?

How to recycle oil? The process of restoring used oil to new oil (by removing chemical impurities, heavy metals and dirt) is complex.

How is oil recycled by us?

  • We have developed in partnership with Véolia a plant called Osilub which uses cutting-edge technology to regenerate used oils (we recycle many kinds of oils: we recycle motorcycle oils, we recycle transmission fluid, we recycle as well brake fluid, …)
  • We have also developed a new service for waste oil collection* in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland).
    This innovative system is designed to make recycling both an easy and profitable process for customers, as well as a marketable solution. TOTAL Nordic has recently partnered with the leading recycling company Stena Recycling. Together, the two groups have created a safe and efficient collection service for waste oil and oil filters. Through this cooperation, TOTAL customers have access to recycling services: a special service centre has been set up for them with a direct number and dedicated staff from Stena Recycling with the option to have waste oil picked up from their site.

    *We launched similar initiatives in other countries in the world