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Disposing of used engine oil

  • 26-03-2007 8:35pm
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 1,425 rockbeer


    Hi there all,
    Just wondering whether anyone has any suggestions how/where I can get rid of used engine oil?

    I do all my own servicing on two vehicles, and until recently I had an arrangement with a local garage who let me dump my old oil in their sump. Sadly, due to them stitching me up over some dodgy business, that's no longer an option - so I need to know of alternatives.

    What am I 'officially' supposed to do with it? And are there any 'unofficial' options I could consider without causing an environmental catastrophe?

    Thanks for any help,
    Bruce


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,702 ✭✭✭ BrianD3


    Your local bring/recycling centre should take it for free or for a small charge (1-3 euro)


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,757 ✭✭✭✭ crosstownk


    Your local authority will be able to advise you of where you can dispose of it.

    Alternatively, you could approach another local friendly garage who will have a means of disposing used oil. Usually they drain it to a tank that is collected at regular intervals by a disposal agent such as Atlas Oil. A garage has to pay for this service so you may be charged a nominal fee.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,425 rockbeer


    Thanks very much for the tips,
    Just checked out the Silliot Hill website - looks like they'll take it.

    http://kildare.ie/CountyCouncil/Environment/SilliotHill/

    Cheers,
    Bruce


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,463 ✭✭✭ TheBazman


    I have mixed used engine oil with cresote and used it to paint my garden fence!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,176 overdriver


    Some folks thin it with kerosene and burn it in their home heating system.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,395 ✭✭✭ maidhc


    I spray it on machines to stop them rusting with an Aldi electric spray gun.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,425 rockbeer


    overdriver wrote:
    Some folks thin it with kerosene and burn it in their home heating system.

    That's an interesting one with heating oil costing more than diamonds these days... Any idea what proportion of kerosene to use?


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,757 ✭✭✭✭ crosstownk


    overdriver wrote:
    Some folks thin it with kerosene and burn it in their home heating system.

    I'm not 100% sure, but I think this contravenes some anti pollution law.

    We used to do this is a garage where I worked ages ago. Then I think some law came in and we had to have it removed by an approved waste oil disposal company. I don't know what the position is for private residences. AFAIK, engine oil will burn giving off some smoke contributing to smog - not to mention other pollutants.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,176 overdriver


    You're probably right, there. If you google it there's lots of forums on it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,992 el tel


    Easy....
    oilDownDrain.jpg

    :p

    (In second thoughts, don't!)


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,952 smcgiff


    el tel wrote:
    Easy....
    oilDownDrain.jpg

    :p

    (In second thoughts, don't!)

    Not while wearing swede shoes anyway!


  • Registered Users Posts: 41 ajarms86


    Pretty sure local recycling centres take it, my local one in Dundalk take it for €3 for example



  • Registered Users Posts: 41 ajarms86




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