How to recycle petrol and diesel

Petrol and diesel are an essential part of life for many of us who use cars on a daily basis. But petrol and diesel can become contaminated, especially when it has been left without being properly covered. It also gets contaminated when people put the wrong fuel in their car and it has to be removed.

If your company drains mis fuelled cars or you have old diesel or petrol that needs removing, it can be tricky to know what to do with it. Fortunately, we’ve created a list of everything you need to know about petrol and diesel and how you can dispose of it safely.

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Who invented petrol and diesel engines?

Although petrol and diesel are substances that are naturally found in the earth, their use in cars and vehicles was invented. Petrol and diesel are the same mineral oil. However, the way they work with the engine is different. The diesel engine was named after its inventor, Rudolf Diesel, and the petrol engine was first built by Nicolaus August Otto.

What are petrol and diesel made from and how are they made?

Both petrol and diesel come from crude oil, which is a naturally occurring oil found deep underground. To turn crude oil into petrol or diesel, the oil is heated, and as it boils it is separated into different liquids.

Petrol and diesel disposal

Unlike many other items, petrol and diesel must be properly recycled. It cannot be dumped in landfill, as this can cause serious environmental damage. Therefore, petrol and diesel must be taken to a specific refinery to be disposed of and recycled. The oil is checked for impurities and is chemically penetrated. The oil is then boiled and the steam is removed, further distilled and any further impurities are stripped away.

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What happens after they have been collected?

Once the impure petrol and diesel have been steamed and removed of any impurities, it can be reused again. All of the other derivatives can be used again and they will be shipped to different factories to be used.

Problems with petrol and diesel waste

Petrol and diesel are considered to be huge polluters, and their refinement and disposal lead to pollution that gets into our atmosphere and can contribute to global warming and the destruction of the ozone layer.

Alternatives to petrol and diesel

Because petrol and diesel are considered to be huge polluters, many car and vehicle manufacturers are trying to move away from the production of new petrol and diesel vehicles. The alternative to these types of vehicles are electric-powered vehicles, which are increasing in popularity and have the potential to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. There are also a number of government schemes that have been designed to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles, making them an economical and more environmentally friendly alternative to petrol and diesel engines.

Facts about petrol and diesel

Diesel engines are more efficient than petrol engines. Petrol engines are actually only 20% efficient, while diesel engines are 40% efficient.

The United States accounts for 44% of the world’s gasoline production.

In the 19th century, gasoline was so worthless that petrol refineries would simply throw it away.

Where can you take these items to recycle/dispose of them for free?

If you live in England or Wales, the first thing you should do if you need to dispose of petrol or diesel is to contact your local council to see if their hazardous waste disposal services deal with petrol or diesel.

Failing this, contact a dedicated waste removal service, who can come and pick up your petrol or diesel waste at a time that suits you. Whatever you do, make sure that you dispose of your petrol and diesel properly, as failure to do so can cause significant environmental issues.

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