Be Environmentally Smart with Motor Oil

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Motor oil is the life blood of your cars engine. Too many times though, even the best motor oil meets with a disappointing ending. Too few people do not take proper care of their motor oil and it goes on to do major damage to the local environment. If you have questions about motor oil recycling consult with local motor oil distributors.

Motor oil does not wear out—it just gets dirty—so recycling it saves a valuable resource. Recycled oil can be used as fuel, usually in plant boilers or industrial heating applications such as blast furnaces. Recycled motor oil can be distilled into diesel fuel in a process similar to oil re-refining. Motor oil can be recycled indefinitely because the lubricant does not wear out.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 200 million gallons (757,082 liters) of motor oil are dumped illegally each year. This can do damage to local waterways and wildlife. The rest of the world understands the value of recycling motor oil far more than here in the United States. Approximately 50% of motor oil in Europe is re-refined, compared with only 10-15% in the United States.

Vehicles around the world produced some 3.7 billion gallons (14 billion liters) of used motor oil in 2009.Oil change places know how dirty your motor oil gets over time. Used oil can contain substances such as lead and cadmium. Recycled oil is cleaned of contaminants such as dirt, water and fuel. A dipstick is a tool used to measure the quantity of liquid in a space that is inaccessible, by inserting and removing the stick and then checking to see how much of the stick came into contact with the liquid.

Motor oil distributors can help you get started on the process of recycling your motor oil. They can make sure it is re-refined and does not end up hurting the environment. As a consumer, it is important for you to figure out not only when should you get your oil changed but also how it should be recycled.
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