Waste Oil Collection

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Having a waste oil collection can save your organisation money, help protect the environment, and provide you with the peace of mind that your business is fully compliant with the relevant waste oil regulations.

UK law requires that all organisations that have waste oil must store and dispose of it in a safe and correct manner. By outsourcing your waste oil collection to an approved provider, you can ensure that your organisation is fully compliant with the relevant waste oil regulations.

We can provide your business with oil storage containers, regular waste collections and safe disposal and recycling of your waste oil.

Waste Oil Collection

What type of waste oil can be recycled?

Waste oil consists of any oil refined from crude oil or any synthetic oil that has been used and consequently is contaminated by physical or chemical impurities.

A few examples of the waste oil that we collect are:

    • Diesel and Gas Oil
    • Used Cooking Oil
    • Lubricating Oil
    • Medium and Light Fuel Oils
    • Electrical Insulation Oil
    • Kerosene
    • Gearbox Oil
    • Cooking Oil
    • Waste Cooking Oil
    • Waste Engine Oil

Following the hazardous substances regulations, is a criminal offence in the UK to dispose of waste oil without an approved provider. Waste oil can be hazardous to human health and to the environment; consequences for breaching the regulations can be severe.

The professional waste management services that we offer, provide our clients with the peace of mind that they are not only protecting their organisation by using a qualified waste oil collection service, but also the environment.

Waste Oil Drums

What containers and drums are available for waste oil?

If stored incorrectly, waste oil can cause serious damage to the environment and human health. For example, if you were to attempt to dispose of oil in the drain, it will eventually end up in our water (lakes, rivers or the ocean). In water, oil creates a thin film across the surface, which can cause severe damage to marine and plant life, alongside polluting our water source.

Furthermore, if you do not store oil securely, it can leak or spill. This, again, can have profound implications upon the environment and poses a considerable health and safety risk in your workplace.

Therefore, as a business owner, you are responsible for ensuring that your waste oil is stored safely and securely before collection. At BusinessWaste, we can provide you with a range of oil different storage solutions for your waste oil. This includes:

    • Oil containers
    • Oil barrels
    • Oil drums
    • Oil tanks

The type of container you need will vary, depending on several factors:

    • The type of oil you are disposing of
    • How much waste oil you produce
    • How often you want the waste collecting

Each storage solution will be specifically tailored to your individual needs. However, you must ensure that each container is clearly labelled, to avoid cross-contamination of products. By ensuring your waste oil is safely stored, collected and disposed of, you are working to protect the environment and promote a greener future. This is especially important when we note that every year, two hundred million gallons of waste oil are improperly disposed of.
Oil waste drums for disposal

Waste Oil Recyclcing

How is oil recycled, what is the process?

There are many different stages involved in oil recycling, though the process will vary slightly depending upon the type of oil. However, the most common practice for recycling oil is as follows.


This process is relatively straightforward and involves separating the oil from any water.


One of the first stages in oil recycling is ‘filtering’, and the process is designed to remove any additives or inorganic material from the waste oil. For example, if you are recycling Diesel, it may contain an anti-corrosion agent that will need to be extracted. Following the filtering stage, the oil will be cleaner ahead of re-refining.


Distillation separates the different components within the oil. This process is achieved by boiling the oil itself. After the distillation process, the re-refined oil can be used again. It may also be hydro-treated to ensure the oil is completely pure. Hydrotreatment removes excess oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur and chlorine from the oil.

Recycled oil can be used to create eco-friendly biodiesel. Alternatively, waste oil can be used as a power source. However, to do this, the oil must be burnt, which can cause damage to the environment. It also means that the oil cannot be used again.

Waste Oil Disposal

What laws and legislation govern waste oil waste management and collections?

There are numerous legislations designed to ensure that you store and dispose of waste oil safely. This includes:

The Hazardous Waste Regulations, 2005

By definition, non-edible oils are classified as ‘hazardous waste’, meaning you must comply with the Hazardous Waste Regulations act when disposing of them. This legislation dictates that anybody who uses or produces hazardous waste for commercial purposes must ensure that it is stored safely and securely, using appropriate containers. The containers must be clearly labelled to avoid cross-contamination, and must only be collected by a licensed carrier. Each time you transfer waste, you should keep a ‘Duty of Care Receipt’ and ensure that it is disposed of safely.

The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001

This legislation was put into place to ensure that business owners store their oil safely and securely. However, it only comes into fruition if you are storing more than 201 litres of oil at once. It provides guidance on safe storage and dictates that it is installed by qualified personnel. According to UKGOV, this means they should have passed the ‘Competent Person Scheme’. Additionally, your containers should be checked annually.

Environmental Protection Act 1990

This legislation was put into place to protect the environment for future generations and is often referenced in regards to waste disposal. As a business owner, you have a ‘duty of care’ to ensure that your impact upon the environment is minimal. To achieve this, you must prevent the ‘unauthorised or harmful deposit, treatment or disposal of waste’, by storing your waste securely, and ensuring a licensed carrier collects it. You must also complete an accurate waste transfer note each time waste is collected.

Contact Business Waste for your waste oil collections 0800 211 83 90

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