Best Oil Absorbent Solutions for Industry – Compare Programs
Are you in search of the best oil absorbent solution to handle the leaks, drips, and spills at your facility? There are many oil absorbent options available. Here are some of the most common:
- Clay pellets (also known as kitty litter or oil dry)
- T-shirts, rags
- Disposable oil absorbent mats, pads, socks
- Absorbents made of recycled or eco-friendly material
- Reusable oil absorbents
Finding the best solution involves more than just picking the most absorbent material. Below we outline three important factors that should play a role in your decision: Cost, absorbency, and environmental impact.
Below we compare the most common oil absorbents solutions:
When you look at absorbent costs, look beyond the initial purchase price. For example, while kitty litter is the cheapest to buy, it comes with hidden costs of cleanup time and disposal.
A more absorbent product will require fewer change-outs and can improve housekeeping. Fewer change-outs means your employees will spend less time managing absorbents and more time producing!
A more sustainable solution also leads to cost efficiencices by eliminating the cost of manifesting and special waste handling.
For more on disposal options and costs, check out our blog article: How to Dispose of Used Rags and Oil Absorbents.
And the Winner is…
The winning choice is reusable absorbents. Reusable oil absorbents outperform single-use absorbents, recycled absorbents, and oil dry in cost, absorbency, and sustainability, with the exception of clay or oil dry being cheaper to purchase.
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.