What Else Can We Recycle?

Via on Nov 29, 2010

Using Recycled Motor Oils Can Immediately Lower the Environmental Impact of Your Car.

Cars seem to be a necessary evil.  I for instance would not be able to pay rent, my bills or eat without the use of my car as it gets me to my job every day of the week.  It’s not a long commute by any means but it something that would be nearly impossible on a daily basis, especially with the winter coming up.

The point being, cars continue to be a focal point of how we move.  I wish it wasn’t that way, but this is the truth as of today.

If that’s the case we need to be asking the question, how can I lower the environmental impact of my car.  First, just don’t drive it as much and bike as much as you can.  That’s obvious, so we can move on to the products that go into your car.  Not just the gas, but also the oil that is the life blood of your car.

Thanks to science, we now have what is called re-refined oil, and it has several advantages over virgin oil.  As long as it’s API certified it can be used in any car.

The EPA has addressed this issue and come up with a couple of main points that pretty much blew my mind, and have converted me into a re refined oil user as of today.

  1. USED MOTOR OIL FROM A SINGLE OIL CHANGE
    CAN RUIN A MILLION GALLONS OF FRESH WATER
    — A YEAR’S SUPPLY FOR 50 PEOPLE.

    Used motor oil is insoluble, persistent and can
    contain toxic chemicals and heavy metals. It’s
    slow to degrade. It sticks to everything from beach
    sand to bird feathers. Used motor oil is a major
    source of oil contamination of waterways and can
    result in pollution of drinking water sources.
  2. Recycled used motor oil can be re-refined into new
    oil, processed into fuel oils and used as raw
    materials for the petroleum industry. One gallon of
    used motor oil provides the same 2.5 quarts of
    lubricating oil as 42 gallons of crude oil.
  3. BECOME USED MOTOR OIL RECYCLER NUMBER
    FOUR MILLION AND ONE.
    Begin recycling your used motor oil today. If all
    the oil from American do-it-yourself oil changers
    were recycled, it would be enough motor oil for
    more than 50 million cars a year.
    Imagine how
    much foreign oil that would eliminate.

Want some more sources for this information? Please check out this information on recycled motor oil from Purdue University.  Or check out RecycleOil.org for even more information.

Change your own oil and want to find out where you can bring your used motor oil?  Check out Earth911 for a collection center near you.

Not sure where to find this environmentally friendly oil?  Check out EcoPower Motor Oil, or America’s Choice Re Refined Motor Oil.

Thank you TopSpeed for the Hello Kitty picture.

USED MOTOR OIL FROM A SINGLE OIL CHANGE
CAN RUIN A MILLION GALLONS OF FRESH WATER
— A YEAR’S SUPPLY FOR 50 PEOPLE.
Used motor oil is insoluble, persistent and can
contain toxic chemicals and heavy metals. It’s
slow to degrade. It sticks to everything from beach
sand to bird feathers. Used motor oil is a major
source of oil contamination of waterways and can
result in pollution of drinking water sources.
ON AVERAGE, ABOUT FOUR MILLION PEOPLE
REUSE MOTOR OIL AS A LUBRICANT FOR OTHER
EQUIPMENT OR TAKE IT TO A RECYCLING FACILITY.
Recycled used motor oil can be re-refined into new
oil, processed into fuel oils and used as raw
materials for the petroleum industry. One gallon of
used motor oil provides the same 2.5 quarts of
lubricating oil as 42 gallons of crude oil.
BECOME USED MOTOR OIL RECYCLER NUMBER
FOUR MILLION AND ONE.
Begin recycling your used motor oil today. If all
the oil from American do-it-yourself oil changers
were recycled, it would be enough motor oil for
more than 50 million cars a year. Imagine how
much foreign oil that would eliminate.

About Jeff Meyer

Jeff Meyer is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Philosophy program, an avid reader, and cyclist—both mountain and road. When not reading or writing, he spends his time as a teacher’s aide, a soccer coach, or catching up on his favorite sports team.  You can visit his blog if you want to read more.

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2 Responses to “What Else Can We Recycle?”

  1. elephantjournal says:

    Nice one, Jeff! Thanks for all the resources. ~ Angela R.

  2. Jack says:

    Jeff, thanks for the info and astonishing figure: "One gallon of
    used motor oil provides the same 2.5 quarts of
    lubricating oil as 42 gallons of crude oil."

    When you say, "Not sure where to find this environmentally friendly oil" what oil are you talking about?

    Thanks Jack

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