Oily rag disposal

Oily rags are considered hazardous

Disposal of oil soaked rags

If your business is producing oil, chances are you will also be left with oil soaked rags. As there is no way to effectively wash and reuse these, when it comes to disposal, they are considered hazardous – even if they have since dried.

This means that you need to dispose of oil rags at a recycling facility that is licenced to accept hazardous waste, just as you would with the waste oil and oil filters.

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      Oily rags for disposal

      Your responsibilities when it comes to disposal of oil soaked rags

      Oily rags produced as part of commercial activity, such as automotive industries, industrial works etc., must be disposed of in accordance with current legislation around hazardous wastes. 

      This means:

      • Ensuring safe onsite storage of all hazardous wastes
      • Using a licenced disposal facility (such as Commercial Recycling)
      • Ensuring you obtain a hazardous waste consignment note (we will provide you with this)
      • Ensuring you have the correct waste transport licences (if applicable)

      If you have any questions around compliant hazardous waste disposal, don’t hesitate to contact our experts on 01202 331560.

      Oily rag storage options

      If desired, we can provide you with a few options for safe, compliant onsite storage of your oil soaked rags before you dispose of them. These are:

      • Hazardous waste box – holds up to 60L of waste
      • Storage drum – holds up to 205L of waste
      • IBC – holds up to 1000L of waste

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      Contact us

      Our friendly team of hazardous waste experts are on hand to answer any questions. We can advise you on how to dispose of oily rags, book a waste disposal, arrange a quote and more.

      Simply call us on 01202 331560, or fill in a contact form by clicking ‘go to e-form’ above.

      Disposal of oily rags with Commercial Recycling

      As mentioned above, oil soaked rags are considered hazardous. This is due to the effects it can have on health and the environment. To ensure your business remains compliant, arrange a disposal with us at Commercial Recycling. 

      We accept oily rags for disposal at our Canford Recycling Centre, alongside a range of other hazardous wastes. Simply book your disposal slot by calling 01202 331560.

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