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Recycling used fluids
Posted 2017, Oct 03 04:47
In Canada, private institutions are not required by law to take your used oil, though many use the old oil to heat their shop in winter and therefore are only too happy to take your oil too (more true the further north you go). If not, public garages (bus depot, fire station etc) will either be equipped to do so, or will have a recycling station very near by (by "near by", I mean like on the far side of their parking lot).
No matter what country you are in, dumping in the water is very illegal, can net you stiff fines, even get your boat impounded, so ask your marina where the nearest recycling or disposal facility is at.
Oil Absorbent Pads (AKA mechanic's diapers) are magical: they are far more than expensive thick shop towels. If you have some oil in the bilge floating on water, use these: They float on top of the water only absorbing petroleum products without absorbing any water. I don't know what kind of black magic they are made from, but they work, and should be included with every boats engine spares.