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The good and bad of oil reclamation services

Oil reclamation services enable you to recover and reuse oil which may have become inert, or semi-inert due to various contaminants that naturally occur with use. There are many benefits and some negatives to using an oil reclamation service, the most important of which we have outlined below:

The benefits of oil reclamation services

There are a number of advantages that can be gained from using an oil reclamation service For one thing, reusing your oil rather than simply disposing of it and buying a new drum of fluid, will greatly benefit the environment.

Using an outside oil reclamation service will also save you money, not only because you will be reusing your oil, but also because you will not have to invest in expensive equipment and labour costs to reclaim the oil yourself.

Another benefit you will get from outsourcing your oil reclamation to a third party is the lack of mess that will be caused, which means that you will not have to deal with any clean-up issues whilst still benefitting from the reclamation of your old oil.

When you send your fluid off to an oil reclamation service, you will be able to specify your desired ISO standard, and your oil will be cleaned to this level. In fact, it is not unusual to find that your reclaimed oil comes back to you in better condition than you found it when it was brand new.

Most oil reclamation services will conduct a thorough report on your oil before and after the reclamation, and you will receive a copy of this report. This will enable you to make a comparison, so that you can be sure you are getting what you pay for.

The negatives of oil reclamation services

Although all manner of oils can be reclaimed including turbine oils, hydraulic oils, bearing lubricants, gear oils and even some metalworking oils, it is unfortunately the case that in most instances it is only possible to reclaim large quantities of oil, usually in the region of 550 gallons or more.

Most other negatives, such as cross-contamination of oil and oil spillages can be avoided by carefully choosing a good oil reclamation company, which has a good track record, which flushes its equipment after each use, and which has all of the appropriate permits to transport industrial oils.

So, as you can see, there is much more to gain from using an oil reclamation service than there is to lose providing you do your homework and choose your service wisely.

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