A well-oiled recycling machine
Every year Ragn-Sells’ processing facilities in Sweden receives 40,000 tonnes of oil. Most of this, 31,000 tonnes, is what is known as waste oil, which is regenerated after processing. This means that it is restored to original base oil that can be re-introduced to the market and used again. Ragn Sells receives and collects oil from workshops, industries, ports, and other business that need help taking care of their used oil.
An industry that Ragn-Sells Sweden has chosen to develop a special concept for is the auto repair workshops. Ragn-Sells provides fireproof cabinets for storage of harmful waste at an ever-growing number of workshops. These harmful substances are then collected by Ragn-Sells and the content is treated and recycled. There are many benefits with this, not just environmental but also for the workshops, who gets a receipt to confirm that their hazardous materials are being dealt with properly. They also get a statement and supporting statistics showing how much of the content that has been recycled.
- When we talk to the workshops and tell them that their oil can be recycled, it often prompts a real “aha moment”. A lot of people have no idea that their waste oil can become high-quality base oil again, says Maria Kosinski, Group Portfolio Manager at Ragn-Sells.
The very best waste oil, where 95% of the oil can be recycled, is sent to a refinery in Finland where it is cleaned and turned into new base oil. Waste oil, where 75% of the oil can be recycled, goes to a refinery in Germany for regeneration. To ensure maximum recovery, it is important that the workshops do not mix the fluids but separate out the used oil.
To keep the environmental impact to a minimum, waste oil sent to the German refinery goes by train, and the oil that goes to the Finnish refinery is sent as a bulk consignment by ship.
- The regenerated base oil is actually of a more consistent quality since it has been purified and does not contain any particles. So, this oil is really a higher quality oil, continues Kosinski.