Recycling the used oil from your car is simple and good for the environment. Follow these tips to make sure you recycle your used oil safely.
After draining the oil from your car’s crankcase, pour the oil into a clean, leakproof container with a screw-on top. Many household containers are suitable, including original motor oil containers. Never use containers that held household chemicals such as bleach. Make sure that the container has a secure lid so it cannot spill. You can purchase containers specifically designed for carrying used motor oil at automotive supply stores.
If you don’t take your used oil to a recycling center immediately, never temporarily store it in any container that once held food, beverages or chemicals. Regardless of the type of container used for carrying or storing oil, be sure it is clean, clearly labeled “Used Oil,” and kept out of the reach of children and pets.
Take the container to the nearest used oil collection center. If your community doesn’t have a collection center, check with your local service station or an automobile maintenance facility such as a lube center, repair shop or car dealership. You can also look for the nearest “oil drop.” This is a petroleum industry symbol indicating that used oil is collected for recycling/reuse.
These days, it is relatively common for people to recycle paper, glass and metals (aluminum and steel). The infrastructure and services for this recycling activity are available and relatively well understood. However the recycling of petroleum products is less well known and sometimes confusing. Re......
Used oil can contain contaminants such as lead, magnesium, copper, zinc, chromium, arsenic, cadmium and chlorinated compounds.
Used motor oil represents more than 40 percent of the oil pollution in our country's waterways. One gallon of used motor oil can pollute one million gallons of drinki......