Every action has a corresponding reaction. In many cases, it’s a consequence you don’t want to deal with. Take, for example, throwing excess oil randomly or directly into the landfills.
How it Damages the Environment
The Japanese have one of the most comprehensive waste recycling programs in the world, and many others are trying to do the same by promoting the proper reduction of waste. It isn’t only about costs, but also about efficiency. If you have waste, it means you are not using your resources well. It could also be an indication of poor planning.
Above all else, you don’t want waste simply because it harms the environment — and yourself. Oil that ends up in landfills can find their way into the ground. This increases the risk of water contamination, which can affect the quality of potable water.
Oil can also mix with other substances or compounds, making it even more dangerous. It may become combustible or build up methane gas, which contributes to a greenhouse effect in the long run.
In some cases, the poor disposal of oil could mean it will end up in the ocean or other bodies of water, which can also serve as a water source. It could destroy the ecological balance, which makes water itself uninhabitable for many marine species.
It’s Time to Do Your Share
You may think you are not doing any harm since you are throwing away only a small amount of oil, but just imagine if others would do the same.
Many local councils now promote safe and efficient collection program for more harmful wastes such as oil. If there’s none, you can begin by working closely with an oil recovery team. They do more than collecting the excess, unused, or used oil. They are also responsible for disposing of them according to specific environmental rules and regulations.
Every action has a consequence, but hopefully, it’s something positive. Be more responsible with oil and make your place more sustainable.