Trucks and automobiles in the U.S. generate more than 600 million gallons of used crankcase oils and related lubricants, annually. In addition to motor oil and other fluids, vehicle maintenance activities also generate millions of used oil filters, oil- and solvent-saturated rags, and towels. In recent years, improper disposal of automotive oils and lubricants, filters and rags has caused significant environmental degradation. Deliberate spillage of oils on the ground and into surface waters, as well as disposal of oils and other automotive fluids to sewer systems have caused major environmental disruption. These automotive fluids are toxic to fish and other organisms and can cause costly disruption to wastewater treatment plants. Fluid-soaked rags and spent filters also can leach contaminants into the environment when improperly disposed.
Many automotive fluids can now easily be processed for reuse, conserving resources, saving energy, and reducing the potential for environmental degradation. Nevertheless, EPA reports that only a small fraction of the fluids generated actually are collected for processing and recycling. In the case of discharges to fresh water, the U.S. EPA reports that just one gallon of oil can contaminate one million gallons of receiving waters, making them undrinkable.
The availability of easily accessible collection services facilitates the efforts of government vehicle fleet managers, facility operators, and individuals to prevent the release of oils, lubricants, and related hazardous materials to the environment. Recycling oil filters or installing reusable filters rather than disposing of filters, can reduce the amount of discarded waste oil and the volume of solid waste generated. Reusing rags and laundering them also can reduce the generation of solid waste and the potential for petroleum-driven contaminants to leach into the environment.
The primary benefit of the Massachusetts hazardous material collection program is the provision for separation, collection, proper disposal and/or recycling of hazardous materials to keep them from being discharged to the environment.
Another benefit is the promotion of the recycling and reuse of these materials. The new contract requires that the contractor provide for the ultimate disposition of wastes at approved Receiving Facilities through recycling, reclamation, treatment, fuel blending, incineration or land disposal in accordance with all applicable local, state and federal rules and regulations. The contractor is also encouraged to manage the waste materials according to the following waste management hierarchy: (1) Recycled; (2) Reclaimed; (3) Neutralized or treated; (4) Fuel blended; (5) Incinerated; and (6) Landfilled.
Contract#: FAC53 (upcoming)
Contract Title: Hazardous, Medical and Hard-to-Manage Waste Collection, Disposal and Emergency Response
A Statewide Contract (FAC53) for the collection and disposal of hazardous materials and medical wastes is in the process of being awarded. This contract is composed of three primary categories:
- Hazardous material collection and disposal
- Hazardous material collection events
- Medical/Infectious Waste Collection and Disposal
- Containers for Non-Commercially Generated Sharps Collection
- Absorbent Recycling for Automotive Fluids
In Category 1, the statewide contractors will provide for the collection of a wide array of hazardous materials, including:
- Automotive materials
- Paint and paint products
- Lab packs
- Asbestos materials (not including remediation)
- Contaminated soils (less than 10 or 100 cubic yards depending on contamination)
- other items not listed
In addition, services provided in this category include;
- Abandoned/unidentified waste sampling, analysis and profiling
- Waste management related labor
- Emergency response services
- Hazardous material handling and management training
In Category 2, the contractors will provide hazardous material collection event services based on fees for set up charges and per car or ½ car collections.
In Category 4, vendors will provide sharps collection only.
In Category 5, vendors will be able to offer one or more types of innovative collection services for automotive fluids and associated materials.
Downloadable copies of the Request for Response (RFR), contract and other relevant documents are accessible at www.comm-pass.com.
Accessing the Massachusetts State Contract:
To access the contract details and pricing on the Commonwealth's website, the Procurement Access and Solicitation System (Comm-PASS), it is recommended that you search the site using the following steps:
- www.comm-pass.com (Home page)
- Front page of Comm-Pass select search for contracts link,
- Search page - input FAC46 in the document number box and click search,
- Sentence Link - Click on the sentence link at the top of the search page and the contract title will appear,
- Click on the eyeglasses at the end of the active contract name,
- Click on the Terms Tab for additional contract information or click on the Vendor Tab to view the list of Contractors,
- Click on the " eyeglasses" for all Contractors to expand the view and at the bottom of the expanded view page are the approved cost files for all products offered by that vendor.
- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection: www.mass.gov/dep/