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Is Burning Waste Oil Dirty? Hint: It’s Greener Than You Think

Why recycling used oil for heat helps your bottom line… and the planet.


Despite continued advances in renewable energy, waste reduction, and public awareness, our world still runs on oil, for now. And as we transition to cleaner, greener methods of providing energy to industry, infrastructure, and our every-day lives, there is a long way to go before we have transitioned completely way from fossil resources, and every little bit helps. So how, with today’s front-and-center concerns of pollution and climate change, could burning used motor oil be considered environmentally friendly?

The short answer is that when all of the transfers, miles, efficiencies, costs, and risks of the alternatives are added up, recycling used oil on site for heat often emerges as the most environmentally responsible course of action. This is especially true when considering incentives to discourage the improper disposal or dumping of waste oil that continues to occur at an astonishing rate. Enough waste oil irresponsibly enters U.S. soil and water each year to foul the fresh water supply for 10 BILLION people (the population of about one-and-a-half Earths), and that does not account for spillage elsewhere in the world. These rates tend to rise even further in areas without access to waste-oil collection facilities or where collectors charge a fee to remove used oil.

Still skeptical of waste oil as a green-heat solution? Let’s get a little deeper. The United States Environmental Protection Agency publishes a list of recommended used-oil management and recycling approaches and conducts research on the effectiveness of these solutions. Collection and re-refinement of waste oil can be a very good option, yet the volume of used oil generated exceeds the capacity of these facilities. And as the maritime sector moves away from heavy fuels, market avenues for reprocessed waste oil become more narrow. The logistics and fuel consumption involved in waste-oil collection and transport also represent a factor to consider in the total efficiency of the process, as well as the risks involved in transferring and trucing or shipping the waste oil, as those stages account for the greatest incident of oil spills.

In addition to providing an alternative to the limitations of aggregate waste-oil collection, burning used oil on site for heat has another huge benefit: replacing other fuel-energy sources. Heating with waste oil means that the need for other heat sources like natural gas, electricity, propane, etc. is reduced, directly saving the recycler money on heating bills while offsetting the demand for those fuels in the energy markets. This reduces strain on pipelines, power-plants, as well as tanker truck and shipping routes. Take all of these points together and on-site waste-oil recycling begins to reveal quite a tidy carbon footprint.

But it’s important to approach waste-oil heating responsibly in order to ensure the most valuable results for your energy costs and environmental impact. DIY waste-oil burners like the one seen in internet videos can be extremely inefficient and even dangerous. Modern waste-oil furnaces are capable of completely combusting used oil, minimizing exhaust gasses to levels similar to a single Diesel truck, while separating non-combustible compounds and ash into a collection chamber for safe, easy disposal. Decades of technological and manufacturing developments contribute to properly containing and delivering used oil as fuel while optimizing the conditions of a clean burn. One waste-oil heater can take two energy supply chains out of the equation, reducing pollution while putting money back into your business.

So make the switch to used-oil heating today! Thanks to the persistent pioneering of EnergyLogic, you can have a custom solution for your waste oil working ‘round-the-clock for you… and for us all.

…and with special financing options, the switch could be FREE!!

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