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Recycle Used Oil

It is estimated that nearly one third of all oil changes on cars, trucks, motor cycles, lawnmowers, boats, and other utility vehicles are performed by the owners and much of that oil is thrown into trash cans and some is even poured into storm drains and discarded at unauthorized locations.

This causes pollution to the environment by seeping into land and making it unproductive. Many oil and petroleum based products end up in our streams, rivers, and lakes. Much of it ends up in our drinking water and it pollutes our food supply, making some of what we eat and drink unfit and unhealthy.

Properly recycled used motor oil helps protect the environment by keeping it out of landfills, sewers, and ground water supplies. Recycled oil can be reused as fuel oil and other raw materials. By recycling, you help conserve our precious energy resources.

Many service stations and car dealerships will accept used oil without charge. You can also call your city, county, or state for the nearest collection centers while some municipalities offer curbside recycling programs.

To recycle your used oil, if you change it yourself, drain it into a leak proof container that has a secure screw for the top. The container should be fit for used oil and should not have contained household chemicals. Automotive parts stores usually carry containers designed specifically for holding used oil. The container should always be labeled "used oil," and as with all hazardous materials, it should be kept out of the reach of children and away from pets.

It is a crime in many areas to toss or improperly dispose of used oil. If you don't know of a recycling center, you can call Earth's 911 at 1-800-CLEANUP (1-800-253-2687) for the nearest collection centers in your area.

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