"Used Motor Oil Recycling"

By KBJR News 1

December 8, 2010 Updated Dec 10, 2010 at 7:59 AM CST


Automobiles have longer intervals between oil changes than they used to... But whether you're changing your oil at three thousand miles or ten thousand miles; your used oil still needs a safe place to go.

In this Weeks "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson follows that path.

Rolling up your sleeves to change your own oil can be a great way to learn about your car and save a little money in the process.
But it's critically important to the environment that you dispose of that used oil in a safe manner.

Experts say that one drop of oil can contaminate two quarts of water. And one Quart can contaminate two million gallons of water.

Your first step, once you've made the decision to change your own oil, is to find a proper container.

Once you are done with your oil change there are plenty of places that will accept your used Motor Oil.
Most places where you take your car in to service that do oil changes will let you bring in your own oil for recycling. Some locations may even find a way to give that used oil a second life.

"We will recycle it we will re–use it. We will also give it to other places to heat their facility," said Frank Nicoletti with the London Rd. Car Wash.

At places like the London Road Car Wash, they re–use oil brought to heat their facility. Its one of the reasons they were awarded the Sustainable Twin Ports Seal in 2008.

"We are one of fourteen businesses in Duluth/Superior that's in the Early Adopter Program," said Frank Nicoletti.

So while protecting your pocketbook at a do–it–yourselfer, make sure you're also protecting the environment. In Duluth, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands Newscenter.

To see a list of places you can recycle your used motor oil you can visit:

earth911.org

Or Stop by your local automotive repair shop to see if they will accept your used motor oil for recycling.

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