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 Friday, July 20th, 2018


Millions of gallons of old engine oil is improperly disposed of each year, in the United States alone. And many people don’t know that there are ways to properly dispose and recycle it. When improperly disposed, used engine oil can seep into the ground and affect our water supply. In fact, just one gallon of oil can contaminate one million gallons of water. However, the EPA states that re-refining used oil, when it goes through the recycling process, takes only about 1/3 the energy of refining crude oil to lubricant quality. Recycled engine oil can also be used as fuel oil, hydraulic oil, as well as in the creation of other petro-chemical based products. While these uses may not be all that green, it shows how important it is to recycle this resource. By recycling old engine oil, we reduce the need for extraction of crude oil and the associated environmental impacts of that activity. To find out where you can recycle your old engine oil, check and search Earth911.org for a collection center near you

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