Recycling vs Recovery

Recycling of lubricants implies that the fluid will be reused in another lubrication application.  Very little of the industrial lubricants used today are used in this way.

Heat Recovery

One of the most intelligent things done by the EPA under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) was to create an exemption for waste oils, so that they may be burned in industrial burners for their heat value.  About 1 billion gallons of waste oils are recovered annually, for use in cement kilns, and boilers on ships. 

Many common industrial lubricants, including all of the Enduralube

Compressor Lubricant products, which have been used as lubricants to be sold for as use for “Waste oil fuel”.  It is not necessary to pay for hazardous waste disposal, unless they have been contaminated with other types of substances (such as ethylene glycol antifreeze, or brake fluids).  It is important to keep them segregated from waste fluids

such as those, as a mixture with those fluids becomes a waste that must be disposed of, instead of a fuel.


Who may you sell used lubricants to?  To find a NORA (National Oil Recycling Association) member, go to the NORA website  (, and click on the “Membership” tab at the left.  

What can you Mix?

The Enduralube Compressor Lubricant fluids may be mixed with one another, which will not affect the acceptability.  It is not acceptable to mix hazardous fluids, or any fluid containing halogens (chlorine), arsenic, lead, and various other heavy metals. 


Waste Enduralube Compressor Lubricant,  are an energy source, which can be sold, not an expense to dispose of!

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