Absorbents are used frequently to clean up repair shop spills. Absorbent material can be granular (kitty litter type) or a reusable foam variety. Absorbent foam pads can be used to absorb spilled oil and then pressed to remove the oil and reuse the pad. Absorbent booms (pigs) can be used to reduce the amount of absorbent material needed for cleanups by initially diking the spill. Absorbent usage can be significantly reduced by practicing good housekeeping procedures; e.g. use of drip pans, funnels, detection and repair of leaks, and pneumatic pumps.

  • practice good housekeeping to avoid the need for absorbents
  • use reusable absorbent pads to absorb oil
  • keep absorbent materials nearby to quickly clean up any spills
  • use the minimum amount of absorbent to complete the job
  • manage absorbent that comes in contact with a hazardous waste as a hazardous waste
  • consider using small wet/dry vacuum cleaners for liquid spills
  • put used absorbents into drains or on the ground
  • mix used non-hazardous absorbent material with used hazardous absorbents
  • if saturated, do not throw in dumpster, use your used oil recycler to handle

For more information concerning the proper handling of absorbents, contact the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Solid and Hazardous Waste (http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/shw/default.htm) or the Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management (http://Hinkleycenter.org). This information is offered only as guidance. Specific requirements may vary with individual processes and/or businesses.