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Virgin Oil Waste: Used Oil Waste
- Subject: Virgin Oil Waste: Used Oil Waste
- From: "Richard Illig (717) 327-3568" <ILLIG.RICHARD@a1.pader.gov>
- Date: Wed, 26 Feb 1997 11:17:19 -0500 (EST)
- Posting-Date: Wed, 26 Feb 1997 11:57:00 -0500 (EST)
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From: R. Illig
RE: Waste Virgin Oil & Used Oil Waste
One & All,
Recently, in discussing the recycling of plastic oil containers,
the number 3.4 billion plastic containers produced yearly was
used. Also, (on a similar topic) if each empty container still
held about one ounce of virgin oil, that the resulting disposal of
the containers meant that a huge amount of oil was also being
disposed of annually...dwarfing the Exxon Valdez spill many times
Does anyone have documentation to reflect these figures??
Likewise, I have an article addressing the recycling of used
(auto) oil which states that only about 10 percent of the 190
million gallons produced yearly actually gets recycled.
Reportedly, the remainder...16 TIMES THE EXXON VALDEZ SPILL...goes
elsewhere (sewers, landfills, burners,etc.).
Does anyone have documentation to support these numbers??
Seems to me we ought to be swimming in oil if this is the case.
If true, especially about the used oil, seems time for regulators
to take a different approach before we are swimming in the stuff.
(I have been a big advocate of handling used oil as a recyclable
for years now but government seems dedicated to regulating oil for
the worse.)(I know some people will always mix hazardous wastes
and other stuff in with their used oil, but that seems to still
happen, and I don't believe it can ever be controlled. I also
doubt the overall potential harmful effects that may occur unless
everybody started mixing weird stuff in used oil.)
Can anyone cast clarity on these numbers, sources of information,
approaches in other states/countries? Does any state/country show
better success at recycling or collection of used oil? I would
like to handle waste oil (hydraulic, industrial, etc.) separately,
but any information addressing this topic, aside from virgin
oil/used oil would also be appreciated.