A well-oiled recycling machine
Every year Ragn-Sells’ processing facilities in Sweden receives thousands of tonnes of oil. A majority 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 in 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 waste oil that can be recycled, is sent to refineries in Europe where it is cleaned and turned into new base oil. To keep the environmental impact to a minimum, the oil is transported by train to a refinery in Germany for regeneration, and the oil that goes to a Finnish refinery is sent as a bulk consignment by ship. To ensure maximum recovery, it is important that the workshops do not mix the fluids but separate out the used oil.
- 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.