Used Oil Storage and Disposal Practices in Automobile Repair Garages in Ghana
International Journal of Science, Technology and Society
Volume 3, Issue 4, July 2015, Pages: 191-201
Received: Jun. 6, 2015; Accepted: Jun. 21, 2015; Published: Jul. 4, 2015
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Akpakpavi Michael, Mechanical Engineering Department, Accra Polytechnic, Accra, Ghana
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Abstract
This study investigates the used oil storage and disposal practices in automobile repair garages in Ghana. The data for the study were collected using questionnaire, observations and personal discussions. One hundred and fifty informal sector garages and 100 formal sector garages made up the analyzed sample size. The results of the analysis reveal that a very large majority of the auto repair garages in the country lack used oil storage and disposal standards. Also, the garages do not organize training programs to educate and sensitize the mechanics about the health and environmental hazards of used oils. Again, proper used oil storage and disposal practices are virtually absent in the auto repair garages, coupled with lack of licensed used oil collection centers, transporters and recyclers in the country. This therefore, has caused used oil generators in the country to engage in an undesirable used oil disposal practices which pollute the environment excessively. To help address this issue, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-Ghana’s by-laws on used oil handling and disposal practices must be vigorously enforced. The EPA must also intensify its visits to the garages to educate and sensitize them on proper used oil storage and disposal practices. The Government, the Banks, philanthropies and wealthy individuals in the country should help establish used oil collection centers in the country to enable the mechanics sell off their generated used oils for recycling. Government must assistant the endowed garages in the country to enable them develop the capability to recycle their generated used oils. This will help create more jobs and enhance the revenue base of government as a result of cut downs on the importations of virgin motor oils into the country.
Keywords
Used Oil, Storage, Disposal, Automobile Repair Garages, Ghana
To cite this article
Akpakpavi Michael, Used Oil Storage and Disposal Practices in Automobile Repair Garages in Ghana, International Journal of Science, Technology and Society. Vol. 3, No. 4, 2015, pp. 191-201. doi: 10.11648/j.ijsts.20150304.23
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