of Used Oil and Fuel Absorbent Products
does “dispose of properly” mean???
Giving clear cut guidance on disposal of oil and fuel soaked materials
is not easy. Disposal guidelines vary widely from one local jurisdiction
to another, making a correct method in one area possibly illegal in another.
Improper storage and disposal of saturated absorbent materials can
result in safety and environmental hazards including combustion risk
and soil contamination. Legal penalties and fines can be imposed on individuals
found to be disposing of hazardous materials improperly.
an ideal world every marina would have a separate metal container or
bin, with a tight fitting lid, to collect oil and fuel saturated materials.
This bin would be labeled “For Oil/Fuel Absorbent Materials Only” and
would be emptied on a regular basis. A disposal firm would be on contract
to come at regular intervals to collect the materials and remove them
for safe offsite disposal. Unfortunately this practice can be costly
and therefore it is more the exception than the norm.
is the conscientious marina to do?
starting to use large quantities of absorbent products at your
marina, determine a plan for disposal.
a separate metal bin labeled for absorbent disposal. Do not just
throw them in the garbage.
out about your local disposal regulations. Contact your local waste
neighboring marinas, gas stations or auto repair shops and ask
how they dispose of used absorbents. You may be able to get a discounted
rate on disposal by partnering with other neighboring businesses.
your fueling staff how and where they should dispose of saturated
out about disposal options in your area visit www.earth911.org for
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