In 1992, the EPA classified used oil as a regulated waste and issued rules regarding its proper handling. The EPA requires used oil to be “recycled,” and specifically prohibits any other type of disposal.
Today, a billion gallons of waste oil is collected every year, and four million gallons of that is collected by Lube-Tech. There are two general types of used oil—(1) crankcase oil; and (2) industrial oil. Each type presents a unique set of recycling challenges. For industrial oils, water typically needs to be removed before it can be recycled, and chlorine sources need to be verified to ensure it is not hazardous waste.