25 February, 2016

3 Simple steps to recycling used engine oil

Did you know that it is illegal to dispose of your used engine oil down a drain or into any ground?

Used engine oil is very bad for the environment, used oil from a single oil change can ruin a million gallons of fresh water. Not only is it really bad for the environment (and illegal) it is also a huge waste, because engine oil never wears out. With this in mind, why not recycle your used engine oil?

How is used engine oil recycled?

Used engine oil can be processed into fuel oils and used as raw materials for the petroleum industry. The most eco-friendly way to re-use used engine oil is to “re-refine” it into new oil so that it can be used for the same lubrication purposes. In fact, once the contaminants from used oil is extracted, re-refined oil can actually be better than its original state.

One gallon of used motor oil can produce 2.5 quarts of re-refined motor oil of the same, if not better, quality as “virgin” motor oil. In comparison, it takes an entire barrel of crude oil to produce the same amount of virgin motor oil.

Here’s how to carefully recycle used engine oil in three simple steps:

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21 February, 2016

Barnet Council hires new team to hit targets

London Borough of Barnet council has concerns that the department will fail to make required budget savings or meet its recycling targets. In an effort to make some swift changes and hit targets the council has arranged a temporary team for their street services operation.

The new team will be overseeing a change to the recycling of Barnet’s street scene department who will find a proposed of £2.6 million of savings from waste cost. Jamie Blake, who is Barnet’s commissioning director for environment will retain direct oversight for the department.

Reports have stated that the current street scene management team had failed to put in place management capacity to enable the service to deliver against key objectives, and that the department was put under a lot of pressure to do more with less.

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12 February, 2016

London boroughs reject recycled waste

Reports have shown that councils are forced to incinerate and bury tons of their recycling waste. As councils keep boring and burying the tons of waste, this has doubled within three years.

The recycling that is incinerated and burned instead shows how councils dispose tons of contaminated recycling due to materials that have been sorted incorrectly. Some officials said that incinerating the contaminated recycling or burying the waste is much cheaper. In reality, it will cost more to sort out the recycling waste properly than just burning or burying the waste.

Figures show that in 2012 184,000 metric tons of recycling waste was thrown away and that figure has increased by 84% since last year.

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4 February, 2016

Are you guilty of contaminating your recycling?

In recent reports it shows that one fifth of recycling waste created in three London boroughs is being burnt or sent to landfill instead of being recycled like it should be. Reports say that the amount of waste being sent to landfill or burned rather than recycling has almost doubled within the past 3 years.

It has been said that a fifth of the contents in residents’ recycling bins are contaminated and because of this some councils last year refused to recycle the contaminated items.

Peter Box who is the spokesman for the Local Government Association said that the contaminated recycling must be sent to landfill. He also said that some people may genuinely make mistakes in putting the wrong contaminated waste into the recycling bins but the people who deliberately do it need action taken against them.

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