Your Green Life: "Recycle Waste Oil"

By KBJR News 1

November 21, 2013 Updated Nov 21, 2013 at 9:52 AM CDT

Duluth, MN
Winter is looming and people are already preparing for it. From Snow blowers, to ice augers, winter machinery should be checked.
But one thing that's easy to overlook is the fuel to put in these machines. How old is it? Well if you need to refresh your fuel, you can do something green with your old oil and gas. Bring it to an auto shop like London Car Wash where they use the waste oil and gas for heat.

Payton Sullivan, the Manager at London Road Car Wash, told me, "With a lot of oil change facilities, especially in the northern part of the country, they have changed to these units in order to save on heating costs and being the end user of a waste product its one of the best ways to use that last bit of oil that would have went to waste somewhere else."

One gallon of waste oil could pollute up to one million gallons of fresh water. And being next to one of the worlds largest resource of fresh water, waste oil is a real concern.
Waste oil burners require a little attention now and then, but it does make for a green solution to a hazardous problem.

"One thing with waste oil burners is you do have to do maintenance monthly, you have to be cleaning the burners making sure everything is running properly, unlike with natural gas where the furnace at your house continuously runs and you really don't think much about it." said Sullivan.

Waste oil burners are used year–round at London Road Car Wash, but most of the oil is spent during the cold winter months.

Sullivan says, "We do use some to heat hot water in the summer months, but we save us our wage oil throughout the summer and burn it in the winter time."

The waste oil heaters burn about 1.25 gallons of oil per hour, and are fairly clean burning.

Meteorologist Adam Lorch