Select oil recycling equipment is not necessary at the individual level. All that is required for a person is for them to put their waste oil into a container, usually via a funnel, rather than just letting it drain onto the ground. The container must be sealable, such as a screw top container, and not have any leaks. It must also be robust enough to hold the oil safely during storage and transportation to an oil recycling facility. Once that is done, all that remains is to choose an oil recycling company and transport the oil, and the used oil filter, there for proper recycling/disposal.
Finding and choosing an oil recycling business is pretty easy, too. One method is to check the local business phone directory for such companies. However, companies that service cars, such as Auto Zone or Jiffy Lube, and the like, often have the appropriate technology to recycle/dispose of oil and are willing to do this for individual customers. Of course, one should call before transporting oil to these places, to check for the limit (if any) set for the volume of oil per person per visit that is acceptable.
Small businesses, such as individually owned gas stations, need some oil recycling equipment to be on hand. For one thing, they need to have seal-able plastic containers with no leaks for storing the oil. Screw-top containers are easy to acquire and work well for this purpose, just as they do for home or vehicle owners.
Oil recycling equipment includes the tank used for pre-treating (known as dewatering). The used oil is collected in tanks and allowed to stand until the water drops to the bottom. This water is then drained, treated, and either sent to sewer or stormwater, according to the quality of the treated water and local regulations. The process of dewatering can be speedup up by heating and stirring the used oil. The next step in the process is filtering and demineralization. This is done by transferring the used oil to a reaction tank, heating it, and adding reagents and a small amount of sulphuric acid. In this way, the contaminants are drawn out, dried and disposed of.
Whether you use special equipment or turn your oil over to a center that uses it, the important thing to remember is the impact doing so makes on the environment. It only takes two gallons of oil, for example, to pollute about 2 million gallons of water. If, however, you recycled that same two gallons of oil, you could create enough electricity to provide about 24 hours of power for an average American family.
As shown in this article, until you get to either the large corporation level or are an oil recycling facility, you can easily recycle your oil without special oil recycling equipment. Once you do reach those levels, however, a certain amount of research is necessary to recycle/dispose of oil properly.