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Oil Absorbent Pad

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Small, easy to manage oil absorbent pads can make excellent tools for cleanup in confined spaces. Other oil absorbent products, while perfect for skimming and surrounding spills, can be difficult to handle in small spaces with little room to maneuver. Polypropylene oil absorbent pads, however, are easy to manage in close quarters, and easy to apply to spill areas.

Oil absorbent pads are also ideal for recreational uses. Their compact size and lightweight make them ideal to have aboard boats and around marinas. Placing a pad where bilge collects in a boat can keep oil and fuel from entering the water. They are also very useful when refueling your boat; by holding a pad underneath the nozzle, you can insure that no fuel will drip unnoticed into the water. In the even that some fuel does spill, it can be quickly cleaned with another oil absorbent pad, as polypropylene will selectively absorb oil off of even water.

Disposal of polypropylene pads is easy. In a recreation situation, the best thing to do is to place the pad in a sealable plastic bag and bring it to a marina that participates in an environmental management program. In an industrial situation, used oil absorbent pads should be disposed of in correctly labeled containers.

Recycling Oil Absorbent Pads

Oil Absorbent pads can also be recycled. Small machines for wringing oil and other petroleum products out of pads can be purchased from industrial suppliers. Once properly cleaned, pads can be used again, and the liquid can be reprocessed or disposed of properly.


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