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Petroleum Products  Used petroleum products represent another source of revenue
for recycling installations provided they are not contaminated.  When
contaminated, they are somewhat special wastes because in many cases they can be
re-used.  For example, lube oil which does not quite meet specifications far
fighter aircraft might be suitable for maintenance equipment.  Re-use is a
higher priority than recycling and must be considered before submitting a
product for recycling.  DoD Directive 4165.60 also addresses the recycling of used
petroleum products.  AFR 19-14 addresses Air Force policies, duties, accounting
guidelines, and documentation instructions for recycling of and/or recovering
liquid petroleum products.
Installations that generate used lubricating oil and other waste
petroleum shall take the following steps:
Maximize the sale through DRMO of recovered used lubricating oil
and other waste petroleum for the purpose of re-refining, the most
environmentally acceptable recycling option.  When allowed by
military specifications for lubricating oil products, large
installations shall consider negotiating for "closed cycle" re-
refining arrangements as a method to further enhance the net value
of the used lubricating oil and thereby reduce the cost of
replacing the used oil with more expensive virgin lubricating oil
products.  This does not prohibit justifiable, existing, or
proposed "closed cycle" used oil recycling arrangements between a
military installation and industry.
Because re-refining may not be economically feasible in some areas
of the U.S., used lubricating oil and other waste petroleum may be
burned as a fuel or fuel supplement in boilers if no reasonable
arrangements can be made for recovery by re-refining.  Burning used
oil is consistent with the general national conservation principle
to conserve our petroleum resources and to preserve the quality of
our natural environment.  In this regard, the economics of energy
recovery alone are not to be considered as sufficient justification
for burning waste petroleum products.  Environmental effects and
conservation also need to be considered as high priority factors in
making the final decision.
Report waste inventories as generated and anticipated annual
generations, where applicable, to the servicing DRMO for ultimate
Conduct laboratory analysis, as necessary, to identify abnormal
contaminants.  If contaminants exceed the used oil specifications,
the used oil becomes a hazardous waste and can only be burned in a
permitted facility.


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