Vesco Oil wins award for oil filter recycling process
Vesco Oil Corporation, a Southfield, Michigan-based
distributor and supplier, received the Environmental Achievement Award
for its used oil filter management program from the Environmental Management
Vesco began collecting used oil filters in 1991 to complement its used
oil collection program. At that time, Vesco identified and utilized only
processing facilities that legitimately recycled all parts of the filter
(paper, rubber, steel and oil). In 2003, Vesco started processing filters
at its Detroit plant. Operating “The Kruncher,” an existing piece of
Canadian equipment that Vesco specially modified and adapted, the company
compresses 10-15 filters into a brick, essentially removing all the oil
from them and encapsulating the paper and rubber elements.
In early 2005, Vesco invested nearly a half million dollars in a bulk
filter collection and handling system. The process is housed in a completely
enclosed and contained structure. By taking steps to drain all free-flowing
liquids from the filter product after it has been processed, it becomes
an attractive raw material for certain steel-making foundries.
Vesco provides customers with special containers, an efficient and clean
means of storing filters at their sites, creating greater incentive for
customers to manage their filters properly, rather than disposing of
them in the trash. The company empties the containers from locations
throughout Michigan into trucks that can carry in excess of 25,000 filters
per load and safely transports them to the Detroit location for processing.