According to Castrol, the oil from one oil change, if improperly disposed of and not recycled, can contaminate one million gallons of fresh water (equivalent to a year’ supply for 50 people). Additionally, the number of people who reportedly perform their own oil changes is about 50% of the entire total! This means that using used motor oil collection centers is more important than ever, and it is why Castrol and Earth 911 are trying to spread the word about how to find your local used motor oil deposit, as well as other tips to keep in mind when you’re performing your own oil changes. Keep reading after the cut to read to find out how you can make a difference.
Oil Recycling Tips
CHECK: Check the mileage on your car. Maintaining proper oil change intervals is an important way to maximize engine protection and performance. You can also check your vehicle owner’s manual for oil change information.
CONTAIN: Use a funnel to prevent spills. Transfer the used oil to a proper recycling container that is leak proof with a screw-top lid, like a motor oil bottle, or a sealable approved oil drip pan. DO NOT use a container that previously held household chemicals, such as cleaners, solvents, fuels (gasoline), paint or bleach. Also, do not mix any of these chemicals with new or used motor oil.
CLEAN: Some oil drip pans double as a recycling container if they can be sealed for transport. Be sure to let excess motor oil drain into a recycling container. DO NOT rinse the residual oil down the drain. The drip pan should be stored in a plastic bag for reuse during the next oil change.
CARRY: Carry the sealed recycling container to a recycling center in your area.
And if you are still looking for more information, or know somebody who should read this, print off this PDF and spread the word.