Take Advantage of Recycling Motor Oil

July 31, 2019

If you change your car’s oil yourself, or have a business that involves changing the oil in one or more vehicles, you should already know that there are laws about how oil can be disposed of. Oil is a contaminant and an environmental hazard, if disposed of improperly. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that the oil from a single oil change is enough to contaminate as much as 1 million gallons of water.

Chances are you’ve already been disposing of your oil in a suitable manner, but what if you could do more than simply “dispose” of your used motor oil? At Safeway Used Oil and Grease, we offer motor oil recycling in New Orleans, LA. Recycling your oil, instead of just disposing of it, can benefit you and others in a variety of ways. Want to know more? Let’s take a look.

Does recycling oil really make a difference?

First, you may be wondering how much of a difference recycling your oil can really make. Motor oil gets dirty while powering your engine, but refining recycled oil can remove contaminants indefinitely. This means that used oil can be refined and used again and again. Plus, it requires less energy to refine recycled oil than it does to refine crude oil. In fact, a gallon of used oil creates about 2.5 quarts of lubricating oil. You would need about 42 gallons of crude oil to get the same amount!

What is recycled oil used for?

Refined recycled motor oil is just as safe and effective as fresh oil, so recycled oil can be used for basically anything you would use fresh oil for. Recycled oil is most commonly used for furnaces to heat homes, to power businesses and, of course, to power your car’s engine, but it has other uses as well, such as:

  • Additive in manufactured products
  • Base oil for hydraulics and transformers
  • Industrial burner oil
  • And more!

How do you recycle oil?

Okay, so you’re convinced that recycling your oil is good for you and the environment, but how do you do it? Here are a few pointers:

  • Use a tarp: When changing your oil, use both a drip pan and a tarp. This will ensure that you capture every drop of oil and can easily transfer it to a storage container.
  • Use the appropriate storage container: After changing your oil, be sure to transfer the oil to a sealable container made out of a suitable material, such as polyethylene.
  • Don’t combine fluids: While contaminants can be removed from oil, other fluids cannot. Be sure not to mix the oil with other automotive fluids.

Now that you know how you can take advantage of motor oil recycling, the final step is to find a company you can trust to remove and recycle your oil. Safeway Used Oil and Grease has been the most trusted company for motor oil recycling in New Orleans, LA for over 20 years! To have your motor oil recycled, just give us a call today!

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