As global warming and pollution continue to be large environmental issues in the world today, auto shops such as yours have been encouraged to re-use and recycle. All commercial services and shops are to value the environment in the same way as industries and households have.
In fact, you may already have a rubbish segregation system in place, and you may have already repurposed waste, or at least brought them to recycling centres. One element you may yet recycle, however, is oil
Dangers of Used Oil
As you service vehicles, you generate used or waste oil. Used oil can be dangerous for the environment as they can contaminate or spill on your shop floor. They can seep in and contaminate aquifers or groundwater essential to the local water supply.
Used oil can undergo contamination with other hazardous waste that makes such mixtures even more of a hazard.
Responsibility as Generators
Your auto shop, as well as others, belongs to a category called commercial oil generators. As part of such generators, you have the responsibility to collect all the oil you generate on a regular basis. You can then store such waste oil and dispose of it as scheduled as well.
Separate Different Oils
You have to be careful to separate three different kinds of oil. Although you work with automotive engine lubrication and circulating oils, you still have to watch out for other types of oils. You can separate used metal working oils and electrical insulating oils should they appear in your shop.
Collect and Dispose
You can have free waste oil pick up services dispose of your used oil, a service provided by NZ firms such as Waste Petroleum Combustion Limited. Until they arrive, however, you have to collect and store used oil.
Auto shops, just like households and industrial facilities, need to manage and properly dispose of waste oils and other petroleum products. You can educate yourself in waste oil management through guides found online.