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.
Let’s take a closer look at these factors to quickly compare some of the leading options for oil absorbents:
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.
The disposal process should be an important part of your absorbent selection. Keep in mind these important differences between a recycled absorbent and a reusable absorbent:
Recycled Absorbent: A recycled absorbent is an absorbent that contains some recycled material. An example would be an old t-shirt or rag that is turned into an absorbent. Once the t-shirt becomes satured with oil, it still becomes a landfill liability.
Reusable Absorbent: A reusable absorbent can be used again and again. Reuse does not have a waste stream.
For more on disposal options and costs, check out our blog article: How to Dispose of Used Rags and Oil Absorbents.
Reusable absorbents outperform single use absorbents, recycled absorbents, and oil dry in every category, with the exception of clay or oil dry 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.