Motor oil poured onto the ground or into storm drains, or tossed into trash cans (even in a sealed container) can contaminate and pollute the soil, groundwater, streams and rivers with lead (Pb), magnesium (Mg), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), chromium (Cr), Arsenic (Ar), chlorides (Cl), cadmium (Cd). Recycling your used motor oil reduces this pollution threat.

Used oil should not be mixed with other substances such as gasoline, paint solvents, pesticides or antifreeze; this creates hazardous waste. Used oil may be considered a characteristic hazardous waste if tested and found to contain excessive levels of certain contaminants such as lead, arsenic, cadmium or chromium. Disposal of used motor oil by pouring it into storm or sewer drains, dumping it onto the ground, or placing it with household trash may create risks to human health and the environment.


Human health is affected if rainwater carries metal-laden oil into underground streams and contaminates drinking water. Surface run-off from ground disposal and oil poured down drains often lead to water treatment plants, streams or rivers, which can also affect drinking water supplies. Used oil from a single oil change can ruin a million gallons of fresh water, a year’s supply for 50 people.

Used oil in surface water harms wildlife. Oil also depletes the oxygen supply of fish and other aquatic life and hinders the ability of birds to fly. When plants are grown in soil or fed by water contaminated by used oil, they absorb (or bioaccumulate) the high concentrations of heavy metals. Plants used for food or fodder should never be grown in soil contaminated with used oil. One of the indirect risks of such environmental dangers is the poisoning of the food chain, which ultimately affects human health.


Oil Mop's Process Plant converts the spent oil into a useable blend.

The system design involves the following stages:-

  1. Before any feed enters the system, the large particle solids must be removed. This can be done by either static settlement, de-sludging or course filtration.
  2. A stable homogenous feed is essential. This is achieved by mixing in holding tanks and blending feed streams.
  3. Heat is applied to the holding tanks.
  4. Pretreatment of the feed stock is used to chemically and physically break the emulsion mixtures present and release the fine solids, which are bound up in the emulsion.
  5. The released solids settle through the oil and water phases in the system and are discharged separately from the liquids.
  6. The correct assessment and monitoring of the pretreatment program is the key to success.
  7. The final product obtained is that of a useable blend.


Trinidad Office:

#13 La Brea Industrial Estate (La Bidco),
La Brea, Trinidad, West Indies

1.868.651.1306 / 1361
1.868.648.8481 /8209
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

St Maarten Office:

5 Guiro Road, Cay Bay,
St. Maarten, Netherland Antilles


Suriname Office:

Industrieweg-zuid 20B,
Paramaribo, Suriname


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