Many people who have used oil don't know how to properly dispose of it. There are many industrial uses for oil, as well as in our homes. The result is oil that has been altered to make it unusable. It is possible to still use some oil in other applications, so it does not have to be disposed of. To avoid any negative environmental impacts, it should be disposed of in the proper manner. The disposal process usually goes through stages like waste oil collection, aggregation & processing.

No matter how oil is used industrially or commercially, oil consumption leads to the production of waste oil. Oil is subject to chemical reactions that can lead to oil being altered and degrading in quality. Sulfur and other heavy metals are the contaminants in used oil. Burning this type of material produces toxic gaseous byproducts. Proper disposal is essential because oil can be considered a pollution and sometimes even a disaster.


If used oil is to remain in the area, it must be properly stored. Proper storage is the safe and secure storage of used oil in sealed containers. They can be placed on the ground or underground. To prevent accidental spillages, any facility for the storage of oil waste should be well-engineered.

Designated personnel should monitor storage containers for potential leaks, and conduct maintenance checks. Maintenance can prevent leaks and spillages, but it can also help to avoid more serious consequences by detecting spillages early.

The preferred method of treating oil waste is to do so because it reduces the amount of pollution in the environment and can produce usable byproducts. You can recycle or treat oil based on the type and presence of adulterants. This can be done by passing oil through different tests.