Best Oil Absorbent Solutions for Industry – Compare Programs
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How do you handle oil leaks, drips, and spills at your manufacturing facility?
Reducing the amount of oil that leaks from a machine is the best solution. In the case where source reduction is not viable, the oil must be stopped at the source with an absorbent material to prevent costly slips and falls.
Types of Absorbent Material
There are several oil absorbent options available – some messier than others. Here are some of the most common options:
- Oil absorbent mats, pads, socks
- Clay pellets (also known as kitty litter or oil dry)
- T-shirts, rags
In addition to the material choice, the disposal process should be an important part of your absorbent selection. Do you reuse, recycle, or discard?
Reuse: Reuse and recycling often get used interchangeably, however, a recycled absorbent is quite different from a reusable absorbent. Reuse means to use an item again after it has already been used. Reuse does not have a waste stream.
Recycle: Recycling is the reprocessing of an item into a new raw material. With an absorbent recycling service, a waste stream still exists. Products do not return to the customer for reuse, but instead, are recycled and made into different products. Sometimes, only a small portion is actually recycled.
Discard: Discarding the absorbent can happen one of three ways – throwing it in a dumpster, special waste handling, or incineration. All of these options come with both a cost and waste liability.
Let’s look at the pros and cons of the leading absorbent options as it relates to cost, absorbency, and sustainability.
For more on disposal options and costs, check out our blog article: How to Dispose of Used Rags and Oil Absorbents.
Reusable absorbents outperform disposables, recycled absorbents, and clay in every category, with the exception of clay being cheaper to purchase. Depending on your labor costs, however, the product/disposal cost plus labor cost for clay may actually tip the scale, making reusable absorbents the lowest cost option.
At the end of the day, all of these options do a fair job of preventing slips and spills. If you are conducting a 5S or lean project, you are looking to reduce facility costs, or you want to reduce your landfill liability, consider a reusable oil absorbent solution for your leaks, drips, and spills.
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