Meet Carlos Albino! Carlos was born in Peru but lived in Antioch for most of his life. He was a former Honors student at Los Medanos College and is currently studying Engineering at UC Santa Barbara. He considers himself “spontaneous.” His spontaneous nature has taken him through many adventures in California’s national parks where he spent hours hiking. His dad taught him how to change his oil and recycle that used oil at a very young age. On top of saving the planet he says, “I was taught to recycle oil because I was never taught any differently.” However as he got older, he understood the importance of recycling and now thanks his dad for instilling recycling in his everyday life. He wants to let all the other young DIYers out there that the resources and beauty of Earth is limited and it is our duty to protect our home.
Meet one of our young Do-It-Yourselfers, Jerry Gutierrez! Jerry is an Los Medanos College student, involved in the Honors Program and Alpha Gamma Sigma, from Antioch. He considers himself a full-time student and part-time dog owner. But, like a good car owner, he enjoys and takes pride in changing his motor oil! At the age of 17, he learned to change his own car oil, including recycling his used oil and filter, from his father. It was an easy and simple process that requires little time and lots of rags! However an important part of changing oil is recycling. He says, “Recycling is important. If we think more of the health of the environment and the other species that share it, there would be less pollution in the world.” He doesn’t know many young DIYers that change their oil but he loves teaching his friends that want to learn!
One gallon of used oil can foul a million gallons of drinking water. Used oil can contain such contaminants as lead, magnesium, copper, zinc, chromium, arsenic, chlorides, cadmium, and chlorinated compounds. Oil poured down drains or onto the ground can work its way into our ground and surface waters and cause serious pollution. One gallon of used oil can foul a million gallons of drinking water. Federal reports indicate that used motor oil accounts for more than 40 percent of the total oil pollution of our nation’s harbors and waterways.