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. Regulators and recycling agencies have effectively
communicated with businesses the need for and benefits of recycling
used oil but more can be done to communicate with individuals who
work on their cars or trucks in the garage at home. These individuals
generate significant quantities of used petroleum products that
need to be recycled.
Many individuals who are unfamiliar with the importance of recycling
used oil are unconsciously harming the environment by throwing it
away with their normal garbage or emptying their used oil into storm
drains. Such actions, especially emptying used oil into storm drains,
can cause real harm to the environment. To put it into perspective,
just one gallon of used oil can contaminate 1 million gallons
Recycling your used motor oil keeps it out of our rivers, lakes,
streams and even the ground water. In many cases, that means keeping
it out of our drinking water, off our beaches, and away from wildlife.
We all share the responsibility of protecting our environment and
keeping our waters safe. Recycling used oil allows us to continue
to enjoy what many of us take for granted every day – clean water.