Performing your own oil changes can be a rewarding and cost-effective endeavor for vehicle owners. Not only does it save time and money in the long run, but it also provides an opportunity to develop a better understanding of your car. However, changing your oil is only part of the equation. Properly disposing of used motor oil is equally important, and recycling is the optimal choice for several compelling reasons.
If you've considered or already engage in DIY oil changes, you may have heard about the importance of recycling used oil. But why is recycling so crucial? What harm could tossing it in the trash or pouring it down the drain cause? The reality is that even a single batch of oil from one oil change can have a significant impact. Here's why recycling matters:
Oil has a tendency to stick to everything it comes into contact with, including water. Improperly disposing of used oil by pouring it into gutters, storm drains, or other unsuitable locations can contaminate lakes, oceans, and rivers. This contamination can harm or even kill the wildlife and plants that depend on these ecosystems. Just one oil change's worth of oil has the potential to affect up to a million gallons of water.
Improperly disposing of used motor oil is illegal. Engaging in such behavior can result in fines, jail time, or being held accountable for the costs of cleanup, which can be quite expensive.
Recycling used motor oil allows it to be refined and reused indefinitely. Producing 2.5 quarts of clean, usable motor oil requires a staggering 42 gallons of crude oil. However, the same amount of clean oil can be obtained from just one gallon of previously used motor oil. Recycling is not only environmentally friendly but also helps reduce your carbon footprint.
Recycling used motor oil is a straightforward process. Follow these steps to ensure a thorough and responsible job every time you change your oil:
Depending on where you live, you may be able to participate in your city's curbside recycling program for motor oil. If this option is available, be sure to research the specific packaging requirements and protocol to follow. Never dispose of a container of used motor oil in your regular recycling bin. If curbside recycling is not available in your city, you will need to locate a designated recycling center and personally drop off the used oil.
This is the responsible way of dealing with used motor oil. By doing this, you contribute to a greener tomorrow!