The early morning mists and heavy dews herald the onset of Autumn and inevitably thoughts turn to the approaching winter. Farmers have completed the harvest for another year and our lawns move into hibernation mode as the colder nights inhibit grass growth.
Now is therefore the time to mothball agricultural machinery for another year. This is also the time of year to service the car, carry out essential winter maintenance on grass mowers, outdoor equipment and generators in preparation for the winter months.
Changing motor oil and oiling and greasing bearings and linkages will also ensure that engines and motors remain in good working order until next season. If equipment is stored outside or in outbuildings it is also a good idea to drain water from cooling systems or at least refill with antifreeze. With so much machinery involved farmers, hauliers and industrial users more often undertake this work themselves and in these austere times homeowners are more inclined to do basic car servicing themselves.
All these activities involve handling oils and chemicals of one kind or another and have the potential for damaging spills and with the Environment Agency clamping down on illegal dumping of used oil care should be taken at every step to avoid polluting land and watercourses.
Waste oil should be stored in an oil safe drum approved for the transport of oil and taken to a registered disposal depot. Ensure you have sufficient absorbent pads or absorbent granules to deal with small accidental spills. If your maintenance activities generate large quantities of waste, seal any adjacent surface water drains with appropriate drain covers and have spill containment provision to hand such as booms, socks and absorbent pillows specific to the risk. A huge choice of spill control products are available to deal with oils, chemicals and contaminated water irrespective of volume so act responsibly and safeguard the environment.Read more »