THE TRUTH ABOUT MOTOR OIL

  • The oil from a single oil change (1 gallon) can ruin the taste of a million gallons of drinking water (1 part per million), the supply of 50 people for one year.
  • Oil dumped on land reduces soil productivity.
  • In the U.S., less than 60 percent of used oil is recycled.
  • Used motor oil is insoluble, persistent and contains toxic chemicals and heavy metals. It’s slow to degrade and sticks to everything from beach sand to bird feathers.
  • Motor oil that is illegally dumped accounts for 25 times more oil into the environment than the oil that spills from all modes of oil transportation combined.
  • Recycling two gallons of used oil can generate enough electricity to run the average household for almost 24 hours.
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BENEFITS OF RECYCLING YOUR MOTOR OIL AND FILTERS

  • Community. Choosing to recycle your used motor oil and filters prevents hazardous contaminants from harming the Delta and other local waterways that sustain our communities. This means keeping our drinking water, native wildlife, and friends and family healthy and safe.
  • Conservation. Used motor oil never wears out—it only gets dirty. It can be cleaned of contaminants and recycled continuously for various new uses. By recycling your used motor oil, you are helping conserve a valuable natural resource while reducing pollution.
  • Convenience. After recent revisions to the California Oil Recycling Enhancement Act, recycling used motor oil and filters is easier than ever before! Whether you prefer the convenience of free curbside pickup at your doorstep or the recycling incentive of 40 cents per gallon of used motor oil that you can receive at any certified collection center, recycling your used oil and filters is quick and easy!

DEBUNKING THE 3,000-MILE MYTH

Changing your oil every 3,000 miles is not only myth, but is also a costly and wasteful habit. The truth is that advances in modern engines and improved oil formulas have made the 3,000-mile oil change outdated. According to CalRecycle, many cars, even older models, can be driven up to 5,000, 7,500, 10,000, and even 15,000 miles before needing an oil change. You can do your part to help the environment by simply looking up the recommended oil change intervals for your car and changing your habits accordingly.

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