'Recycling of waste refers to the separation at source of recyclable materials from the general waste stream and the reuse of these materials. The objectives of recycling are to save resources as well as reduce the environmental impact of waste by reducing the amount of waste disposed at landfills. To meet these objectives, waste separation at source is proposed, as the quality of recyclable materials is higher when separated at source.'
- South African Waste Information Centre, National Waste Management Strategy, 1999
The burning of waste oil as fuel, causes the release of carcinogenic gases into the air. It is estimated that burning 20 litres of waste (used) lubricating oil can release up to 25 grams of substances such as lead, cadmium, nickel, chromium, zinc and chemical compositions.
Waste lubricating oil is insoluble and can contain toxic chemicals and heavy metals. Much of the waste oil run-off from land; municipal and industrial waste streams ends up in our water sources. Because it is so slow to degrade, the waste oil sticks to everything from beach sand to bird feathers and compounds released from the waste oil can be very harmful to marine animals.
According to the Integrated Waste Management Board of America, half a litre of waste oil can cause an oil slick of approximately one acre on the surface of water; this blocks the passage of air and light, preventing photosynthesis and respiration.
'Improper disposal of used oil costs money...your money! You pay higher prices, taxes for environmental cleanups, and increased health care costs when wastes are improperly managed. Recycling saves money and protects the environment.'
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