used oil

MBC Recognized as Sustainability Leader

Mark’s Barrel Company (MBC) is a model of sustainability for the drum industry and businesses throughout the Intermountain region. MBC reconditions containers for reuse for businesses throughout Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, and California. Our primary customers are in the petroleum and chemical industries respectively.

In a 2008 report, the EPA estimated the quantity of used oil generated annually at 1.35 billion gallons (with a “B”) with 785 million gallons used as fuel, 161 million gallons re-refined and up to 200 million gallons going to landfills or illegally dumped. Some estimate nearly 50% of used oil goes to industrial burning for energy, 20 percent to re-refining into base lubricants and another 15% to on-site heating. Used oil is a big business, especially as the price of crude oil continues to grow. Even though used oil is dirty and exhausted of lubricity, a gallon contains 140,000 BTUs of energy, approximately the same heating value of a new gallon of oil.

MBC accumulates approximately 1500-2000 gallons of oil per month. While oil is not considered a hazardous material during transport, there remains a serious liability to the generator. The business that generates the used oil is responsible and liable for he oil until it is properly disposed, which could literally take years if the oil is held in a storage facility. We are a small generator and like many others, we cannot consume all we generate. MBC sells the excess to processors and environmental service providers, otherwise, we burn oil to heat tanks of water used for cleaning and heat for the buildings.

While burning oil for heating and energy may seem onerous to some environmentalists, it has less universal emissions and conversationalist benefits than newly refined or re-refined lacks. At MBC we consider on-site burning as part of our overall effort to clean up the planet and lower energy costs.

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Sustainability and Mark’s Drum and Tote Company

Quick – define “sustainability”.  This concept has been gaining momentum in the business world these past 8-10 years and now the US Government is on board. It would seem, as the word itself implies, that sustainability is here to stay.

Here at Mark’s Barrel Company sustainability encompasses two areas: Resources – think people, planet, climate, etc. and Business Acumen – think ethics, corporate governance practices.

MBC is dedicated to protecting the planet and driving sustainable growth. As a company whose primary business is reconditioning containers for reuse, we are dedicated to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, water and energy consumption.

For instance, we are building a progressive tote (Intermediate Bulk Container) washer and leak tester that will largely clean and reuse water that is being heated by the very waste found in the containers we are cleaning. This will save tens of thousands of gallons of water per year while reducing the consumption of electricity and natural gas.

Sustainability is not just about protecting the climate, conserving natural resources and improving the human condition. The concept extends to the realm of business ethics and corporate governance.

At MBC we are convinced integrity and mutual respect are essential to creating, growing and sustaining a business. In other words, sustainability is what’s essential to the future of our business, and for MBC, integrity and mutual respect are key.

One does not have to look too far at glaring examples of ethical lapses in the business world. Our mortgage and banking industries, insurance and financial institutions have been “right-sized” or in some cases are bankrupt.

A percentage of the closed head (tight-head) steel drums find their way into scrap yards. A larger percentage is reconditioned for reuse. While we in our industry cannot boast the kinds of numbers the International Aluminum Institute does (73% since 1888!), we can celebrate the kaizan type improvements our industry is making in the steel and plastic industries.

Its been said that, “The fundamental principle of sustainability is as a frame of reference for a triple bottom line: Profit, people and impact on the planet.”  Now, define sustainability.

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MBC: Working at Advancing Energy Independence

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a set of “good housekeeping” requirements for used oil handlers.  These are detailed in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 279.

EPA’s regulatory definition of used oil is as follows:  “Used oil is any oil that has been refined from crude oil or any synthetic oil that has been used and as a result of such use is contaminate by physical or chemical impurities.”  To meet EPA’s definition, a substance must meet three criterion of origin, use, and contaminants.

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