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Would it be a no no to dump oily bilge water in the used oil recycle drum at the Marina? If so how can I get rid of it?
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Would it be a no no to dump oily bilge water in the used oil recycle drum at the Marina? If so how can I get rid of it?
Pick up a couple of Oil Absorbent Pads and float them in the container/bucket for a few days. They will suck up the oil and can then be discarded and the water simply poured out.

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Re: Oily bilge water

Quantity of water? How much oil?

Last time I hadda do it, I bucketed it into a 5 gal container and let it settle for some time. Once all the oil was surfaced, I used a specific , IDK which?, oil absorbent pad/engine diaper to soak the oil from the surface. Dumped the water in the gravel driveway (at home) and the diaper went into the dumpster.
Unless you had a catastrophic oil loss, should only be a couple tablespoons full. Just that it's spread around so much, like that quart of paint I dropped from step ladder! Looke d like a helluva lot more'n a qt.

Ya could always ask the Marina operator about putting it in the recycle tub

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Re: Oily bilge water

I'd check with a your local municipalities (township, county). Many have oil and hazardous waste recycling/disposal offered for free. I used our county's disposal when I changed out my diesel tank last summer.

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Re: Oily bilge water

the rule for oil in dumpsters is, as long as its absorbed into something so it will not leech out, it can be placed in the dumpster... drained oil filters can go in the dumpster, used oil-sorb pads and rags can go in as long as they wont drip oil out.... oil, oily water, and antifreeze goes into a container and sets on the curb for the recycle people to pick up.

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Re: Oily bilge water

Look for 3M oil absorb pads on Amazon, not a marine supplier. I ended up with a lifetime supply for what I usually spent per year, buying them one at a time at the marina.


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Depends on the recycle center. Many forbid water or have a separate tank.

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Re: Oily bilge water

I used about three rolls of paper towels once, on a newly-purchased boat I was to help deliver. Oil floats, so mostly does the Charmin, and we got the bilge water, and then the bilge, surprisingly clean. It was just accumulated oil, no leak once we cleaned up.
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Re: Oily bilge water

buy a buncha boat engine diapers n soak it up. they will not suck up water, only the oil. that makes life a whole lot better.
i had to do this a few million times already, so i know they work. buy extras.


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