Motor Oil Recycling


The Problem……

Automobiles are an indispensable fact of life for most Americans, and oil is required to keep these vehicles running. Used motor oil contains toxic substances such as benzene, lead, zinc, and cadmium that pose an obvious threat to humans and wildlife alike. This insoluble, persistent substance is slow to degrade, and sticks to everything from beach sand to bird feathers.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the waste oil from one oil change (approximately 1 gallon of oil) can ruin the taste of 1 million gallons of drinking water – enough water to supply 50 people for one year. An estimated 200 million gallons of used motor oil, about 1/3 of the total United States consumption, is improperly disposed of each year.

The Solution…

There is a common belief that motor oil cannot be reused after an oil change. This, however, is not true. Motor oil can be reprocessed and reused in furnaces to produce heat, and in power plants to generate electricity for homes, schools, and businesses. Two gallons of recycled motor oil can generate enough energy to operate the average household for about one day, cook 48 meals in a microwave oven, or vacuum a home for 15 months.

In addition, after used oil has been properly recycled, it can be made back into lubricating oils that meet the same specifications as motor oil created from new materials. Recycling used oil would save the United States 1.3 million barrels of oil per day.

Residents of Allen County who change the oil in their own vehicles can help to conserve energy and protect the environment by taking the used motor oil to one of the following collection facilities:

Hires Auto Parts
**All Hires locations also accept antifreeze, transmission and power steering fluids**

7111 South Anthony Boulevard
Phone: (260) 447-2586

1620 Northland Blvd
Phone: (260) 489-5734

5809 Illinois Rd
Phone: (260) 432-5111

5733B State Road 930 East (New Haven)
Phone: (260) 749-8719

Goodyear Auto Service Center
4512 Maplecrest Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
Phone: (260) 486-4075

Doehrman Serivce Inc.
22319 Hickory Street
Woodburn, IN 46797
Phone: (260) 632-5330