Used oil is exactly what its name implies, any petroleum-based or synthetic that has been used. During normal use, impurities such as dirt, metal scrapings, water or chemicals, can get mixed in with the oil, so that in time, the oil no longer performs well. Eventually, this used oil must be replaced with virgin or re-refined oil to do the job correctly (EPA). The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) used oil management standards are detailed in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 279. UGA has many points where used oil is generated. Processes performed by various UGA personnel and entities may produce used oil, which is regulated by EPA. This includes, but is not limited to laboratory operations, vehicle maintenance, hydraulic equipment repair, metalwork and HVAC preventive maintenance.
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