Cyclical Consumption and Oil Consumption / Pollution
Our planet and its resources are finite. We have to take care and be careful of how Engine / Engen, Hydraulic, Synthetic, or Castrol is disposed.
The largest driver that threatens earth and its resources is “Cyclical Consumption” or it could also be as I term it “Sicklical Consumption”. This report does not deal with this cause but are dealing with a by-product of the world’s addiction to consumption. A much larger and global awareness and 180° turn-about has to be made to really make any difference. More about that in future efforts that supports sustainability. Keep an eye out for this upcoming informer and solutions provider: www.inteli-x.com.
One way of lending earth a helping hand is in dealing with waste in this instance specifically Oil and Oil Pollution.
Problems and Facts:
- Two hundred million gallons of used oil are improperly disposed of each year. This potentially contaminates 740 trillion litres of water
- Recycling just 2 gallons of used oil can generate enough electricity to run the average household for almost 24 hours
- It takes 42 gallons of crude oil, but only 1 gallon of used oil, to produce 2.5 quarts of new, high-quality lubricating oil (Source: American Petroleum Institute).
Every drop of used oil can be re-used, (it doesn’t matter what type of oil example Hydraulic, engine or synthetic oil) without recycling, in processes where Furnaces are used or it could be re-cycled to such a degree that it can be used as a base to make new Lubricants again.
A large part of improper disposal happens at Home – Self Servicing where oil are simply washed into drainage systems together with toxic Anti-freeze.
Improper Disposal happens for 2 reasons:
- Education or rather non-education.
- Ignorance – This really again stems from people that are not educated.
One aspect that is very evident and that is always overlooked is poor maintenance. Have a look the next time it rains, see all the patches and even strips of oil on all our roads where oil is either lying in patches or where it clearly shows up in long strips from many vehicles loosing tiny amounts of oil on a continuous basis over a period of time.
And when this oil gets washed up where does it go?
Straight into our fresh water sources without passing through any treatment plants.
Intermediate Solutions and Measurements
I call these intermediate solutions as the ultimate solution really lies in moving away from internal combustion engines to electrical powered vehicles – This is totally possible immediately but due to our current Economic system it is being prohibited largely due to greed – more on this at https://theconversation.com/africa/topics/electric-cars-8064
Solutions and Measures:
- Do proper maintenance on all your equipment and cars
- Make sure you use the right oil for required applications
- Use of low grade alternatives (All components) may cause unnecessary additional maintenance
- Collect all used oil, used fluids and filters when doing maintenance
- Dispose of these fluids responsibly (Putting it in a sealed container and disposing it into general trash is not responsible – it eventually seeps into underground water tables)
- Filters must also be considered hazardous and treated as such
- I encourage you to ask and check if your service provider has a system in place where they collect and dispose of used fluids and filters responsibly, if not, do not use them
- Keep your eyes open and become aware of places and institutions that are involved in any kind of use of
- Hazardous substances and how they manage and dispose of these
- Ask for certification and Disposal certificates from service providers to prove that they are operating responsible.