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Recycling Used Oil Saves Energy

Cars are an indispensable fact of life for most of us. By operating and maintaining our vehicles responsibly, we can balance our desire for convenient transportation and a clean and healthy environment.

For example, did you know that used oil can be recycled? Used motor oil can be reprocessed into fuel that warms your family in the winter and keeps them cool in the summer. It can be burned in furnaces for heat, or in power plants to generate electricity for homes, schools and businesses. Processed motor oil can also be used in industrial burners, or re-refined into high-quality motor oil.

  • Just two gallons of used oil can generate enough electricity to run the average household for almost 24 hours.
  • The petroleum industry provides convenient used oil collection sites across the country at many of its service stations.
  • API is proud to promote it's Used Motor Oil Collection and Recycling website for more information on used oil recylcing.

Recycling used motor oil not only conserves a valuable resource, but it also keeps our surface waters and groundwater supplies safe from potential contamination from improperly disposed used oil.