Automobiles are an indispensable fact of life for most Americans, and oil is required to keep these vehicles running. Used motor oil contains toxic substances such as benzene, lead, zinc, and cadmium that pose an obvious threat to humans and wildlife alike. This insoluble, persistent substance is slow to degrade, and sticks to everything from beach sand to bird feathers.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the waste oil from one oil change (approximately 1 gallon of oil) can ruin the taste of 1 million gallons of drinking water – enough water to supply 50 people for one year. An estimated 200 million gallons of used motor oil, about 1/3 of the total United States consumption, is improperly disposed of each year.
And Here Is The Solution
There is a common belief that motor oil cannot be reused after an oil change. This, however, is not true. Motor oil can be reprocessed and reused in furnaces to produce heat, and in power plants to generate electricity for homes, schools, and businesses. Two gallons of recycled motor oil can generate enough energy to operate the average household for about one day, cook 48 meals in a microwave oven, or vacuum a home for 15 months.
In addition, after used oil has been properly recycled, it can be made back into lubricating oils that meet the same specifications as motor oil created from new materials. Recycling used oil would save the United States 1.3 million barrels of oil per day.