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Disposable oil change kit

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Disposable oil change kit


A disposable liquid disposal tool is provided for collecting liquids and for changing engine oil or other hydrocarbon containing products whereby the liquid, spent oil, or hydrocarbon is encapsulated in a non-biodegradable substance rendering the kit safe for disposal in a non-hazard or controlled substance landfill. A disposable container insert tray may be composed of rows of conical shaped protrusions that are used to channel the liquid to all levels of the container so that liquids can be exposed to the maximum surface area of the non-biodegradable substance for total encapsulation. In embodiments, the top of the liquid disposal container may be covered with an open weave fabric material that acts as a diffuser whereby the liquid materials are spread more equally throughout the confines of the container and on to the surface of the tray insert.
Related Terms: Encapsulation Hydrocarbon Rendering Biodegradable Disposable Container

USPTO Applicaton #: #20130327659 - Class: 206205 (USPTO) - 12/12/13 - Class 206 
Special Receptacle Or Package > Including Ancillary Article Contacting Medium

Inventors: William Boroughf

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20130327659, Disposable oil change kit.

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RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application claims priority benefit of U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 61/658,655 filed 12 Jun. 2012; the contents of which are hereby incorporated by reference.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention in general relates to the collection, storage and disposal of used and spent liquids, and in particular to a disposable oil change kit for servicing engines.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The high cost of owning and maintaining an automobile has led many vehicle owners to drain and change their own oil at home. Typically, the oil change performed by the vehicle owner is done in a haphazard manner, with the vehicle owner utilizing any available household receptacle, such as a bowl or cooking pan, to receive the dirty or spent engine oil. Subsequently, the dirty oil must be disposed of in an ecologically responsible manner into some larger licensed receptacle, thus increasing cost and adding further inconvenience to the procedure. Furthermore, there is greater likelihood of spilling the dirty oil during the oil changing operation using readily available household equipment.

The spilt oil results in driveways and garages being stained. Further, the leakage or spilling of oil results in a significant amount of oil accumulating on the roadways. During rains, the accumulated oil can present a driving hazard to motorists as the oil makes the roadway slick. Additionally, during rains the oil on the driveways and roadways eventually ends up in streams, waterways, and ground water thereby creating a significant environmental problem.

Thus, there exists a need for an economical oil change kit that collects and provides for the disposal of spent or dirty oil in an ecologically safe manner.

SUMMARY

OF THE INVENTION

A disposable oil change kit (DOCK) is provided for changing engine oil or other hydrocarbon containing products whereby the spent oil or hydrocarbon is encapsulated in a non-biodegradable substance rendering the kit safe for disposal in a non-hazard or controlled substance landfill. Embodiments of a container insert tray for dispersing spent hydrocarbons may be formed from scrap news print that has been emulsified into liquefied slurry that is injected into a mold, thus creating a uniquely designed dispersion tray.

In specific embodiments, the disposable container insert tray is composed of rows of conical shaped protrusions that are used to channel the hydrocarbon materials to all levels of the container so that the hydrocarbon can be exposed to the maximum surface area of the non-biodegradable substance for total encapsulation. In other specific embodiments in order to maximize the rate of absorption and efficiency of the encapsulating material, various slits or holes are strategically placed within each conical shaped protrusion of the insert tray.

In other specific embodiments, the top of the oil change kit container is covered with an open weave fabric material that acts as a diffuser whereby the hydrocarbon materials are spread more equally throughout the confines of the container and on to the surface of the tray insert. The polypropylene material has a center taper of about 1 inch depth to create a reservoir in the top of the container that accommodates the on-rush of dirty oil upon opening the drain plug to an oil pan, and prevents an over-flow condition.

An absorbent including but not limited to a non-degradable substance, such as peat moss that has been specially processed and is capable of absorbing hydrocarbons with total encapsulation is present underneath the tray insert. The peat moss prevents the hydrocarbons from escaping or exhibiting any form of free flow once the encapsulation has occurred. The encapsulation process provided by the absorbent non-degradable substance is what allows the DOCK to be disposed of in a non-hazardous or controlled substance landfill.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a see through diagram of a container portion of a disposable oil change kit (DOCK) according to an embodiment of the invention;

FIGS. 2A and 2B are top and side views of the container of FIG. 1 with an open weave polypropylene material that acts as a diffuser cover;

FIG. 3 is an exploded perspective view of the embodiment of the inventive DOCK;

FIGS. 4A-4E are a series of perspective views of another embodiment of a contoured insert tray of the inventive DOCK;

FIGS. 5A-5F are a series of perspective views of yet another embodiment of a contoured insert tray with rows of depressions;

FIGS. 6A-6G are a series of perspective views of yet another embodiment of a contoured insert tray with a higher density of rows of depressions;

FIG. 7 is an additional perspective view of a contoured insert tray for yet another embodiment of the inventive DOCK; and

FIG. 8 is a side view of an alternative embodiment of the DOCK configured with an under try for holding the absorbent encapsulating material.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20130327659 A1
Publish Date
12/12/2013
Document #
13538412
File Date
06/29/2012
USPTO Class
206205
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
65D81/00
Drawings
15


Encapsulation
Hydrocarbon
Rendering
Biodegradable
Disposable Container


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