Recycling Used Auto Oil

How often do you get your oil changed?

There are a lot of people who dabble in auto repair and change their own oil at home. Even if you don’t change your own oil, every vehicle still needs an oil change done regularly to run at peak performance. But have you ever thought about why you should go about recycling used auto oil?

Every year, more than 4 million people across the United States reuse their motor oil as a lubricant, or take it to a recycling facility. However, most people don’t think about where the dirty oil goes after the new oil is put into the vehicle.

We would like to discuss the importance of recycling used auto oil versus discarding it by other means.  We will give some some more information on why you should make sure this is being done, and how to go about recycling your own used auto oil in Arizona.

There was a time when people would simply empty out the used motor oil in front of their homes – that can’t be done any more!

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) frowns upon this practice. In this article, the EPA explains why it is so important to recycle used motor oil.

Why used auto oil is so dangerous

Oil is a major pollutant. You may have noticed how oil floats on the surface of water whenever there is a spill. A large oil spill happens ane makes major news almost every year, destroying fish and aquatic plants – your used motor oil can have the same effect if not properly handled.

Used auto oil contains many hazardous chemicals and can be dangerous, especially if you have small children or pets in the house. Did you know that the used oil from one oil change can pollute 1 million gallons of fresh water?

Used auto oil contains many hazardous contaminants used in engines and transmissions such as lead, chromium, cadmium, dioxins, arsenic, polycyclic aromatics and benzene.

When used oil burns at a low temperature, it creates airborne pollutants that enter people’s lungs and cause great damage to their health. That’s why it is so important that it should be disposed of correctly. If released into the environment it can cause great damage to plants, animals, fish and humans.

Recycling used auto oil in Arizona

If you are doing your own oil change, you should collect the oil safely before disposing it. When collecting the oil, make sure that it is safely stored in a leakproof container.

Next, take it to an oil collection facility that is closest to where you live. Such facilities are generally located at a works depot, landfill or waste transfer station.

If you’re in Arizona, click on this link for a list of registered used oil collection centers registered by the ADEQ (Arizona Department of Environmental Quality).

Also, make sure to drain and recycle the used oil filters. You can dispose of the used oil filters at the same collection center.