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Re: Virgin Oil Waste: Used Oil Waste
> > Ric Illig wanted to know:->
> > 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
> > over.
> > 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.
> > Thank you,
> > Ric
> Let me throw the following information on used oil your way. Most of
> the references to used oil generation (rates, sources), management
> (recycling, disposal, etc), and statistical stuff are foot-noted as
> to source:
> Hazardous Waste Management System; Identification and Listing of
> Hazardous Waste; Recycled Used Oil Management Standards: Final Rule
> (Federal Register; September, 10 1992; Vol. 57, No. 176)
> Note: Although this is typical lawyer-oriented material, the
> background info is useful, and provides a perspective or rationale
> on the ruling.
> National Used Oil Collection Study: Manufacturing, Distribution and
> Marketing (May 1996); American Petroleum Institute; 1220 L Street,
> Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20005; (202) 682-8000
> Note: This documents discusses state used oil collection programs.
> It also addresses the impediments to recycling used oil.
> Cost and Economic Impact of 1992 Used Oil Management Standards -
> Prepared for by: Regulatory Analysis Branch; Office of Solid Waste;
> U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (August 4, 1992).
> Note: The primary purpose of this document is to outline the cost and
> economic impact relative to the 1992 used oil management standards.
> It provides statistics (and sources) on used oil generation and
> management activities. For example: "Generation and Flow of Used Oil
> in the United States in 1988; prepared by Frank A. Smith, Office of
> Solid Waste, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, by Philip H.
> Voorhees, Temple, Barker, & Sloane, Inc.
> Used Oil: Disposal Options, Management Practices and Liability (Second
> Edition); John J. Nolan (National Oil Recyclers Association),
> Christopher Harris (Schmeltzer, Aptaker & Sheppard, P.C., and Patrick
> O. Cavanaugh, Schmeltzer, Aptaker, & Sheppard, P.C.; May 1989
> (Government Institutes, Inc.;
> 906 Hungerford Drive, #24; Rockville, MD 20850)
> Note: A lot of the used oil statistics referenced in this book were
> obtained from Franklin Associates in 1984: Composition and Management
> of Used Oil Generated in the United States - prepared for the U.S.
> Environmental Protection Agency.
> Used Oil Management in Selected Industrial Countries (Discussion Paper
> #064, January 1991) Put Together by Andrew Lohof; Prepared by
> American Petroleum Institute; 1220 L Street, Northwest, Washington,
> D.C. 20005.
> Notes: discusses used oil management activities in European, Canadian,
> German, United Kingdom, etc. Provides statistical figures on used
> oil generation and disposal.
> Art Coleman, Ohio EPA
> Division of Hazardous Waste Management
> P.O. Box 1049
> Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
> (614) 644-2968
> Fax (614) 728-1245 or (614) 644-2329
Is it possible to extract from these studies the information to assess:
1. the current fate of virgin oil (how much ends up where);
2. its overall and cumulative environmental impact?
Has anyone ever made those calculations?
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