Compare Industrial Oil Absorbent Programs
Resuse vs. Recycle vs. Dispose
How do you handle leaking oil in your manufacturing facility? The three R’s of sustainability are to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
REDUCING the amount of oil that leaks from a machine is the optimal sustainable solution. In the case where source reduction is not viable, the oil must be stopped at the source with an absorbent material.
There are many oil absorbent options available – oil dry, granules, oil pads, oil rolls, socks, and more. The absorbent material helps prevent slips and falls from happening on the production floor.
But what happens when the absorbent becomes fully saturated? Do you reuse it, recycle it, or discard it? Let’s take a closer look at these options.
REUSE: Reuse is to use an item again after it has been used. Reusable absorbents go through a closed loop laundering process where the recovered oils are recycled and the absorbents are cleaned and used again and again for absorbing oil. Reusable absorbents are a Zero Waste to Landfill solution.
RECYCLE: Recycling is the reprocessing of an item into a new raw material. Recycled absorbents are typically made of clay or polypropylene material. With an absorbent recycling service, a waste stream still exists. Products do not return to the customer for reuse, but instead are recycled and made into different products.
DISPOSE: Disposable absorbents fall on the bottom of the sustainability pyramid. In the case of disposable absorbents, the soiled absorbents go directly from a customer’s facility into the landfill or to incineration, which still generates a waste.
Oil Absorbent Comparison Chart
Beyond the sustainability impact of choosing reusable vs. disposable oil absorbents, you should also consider absorbency, durability, cost, and labor. Below is a quick comparison chart.
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So what exactly are SorbIts®? SorbIts® are launderable, reusable oil absorbent mats, pads, and socks. They are serviced by ITU AbsorbTech, an industrial laundry service company committed to sustainability and waste reduction.
SorbIts® are an exceptional value because they typically cost less than a disposable absorbent solution and significantly less than other “pay by the drum” reusable absorbent programs.