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Tips On Recycling Your Oil

Motorcycles, cars, go karts and boats all need regular lubricating oil changes. Disposing used oil in the wrong way has the potential to pollute land, water and infrastructure, so we need to recover and recycle as much of it as possible. Consider that it takes only one liter of oil to contaminate one million liters of water and a single automotive oil change produces 4 to 5 liters of used oil. 

Used oil, or 'sump oil' as it is sometimes called, should not be thrown away. Although it gets dirty, used oil can still be cleaned and re-used. In fact, recycled used oil can be used as an industrial burner fuel, hydraulic oil, incorporated into other products or re-refined back into new lubricating oil. 

If you only produce a small amount of used oil from vehicles or farm machinery, you can take it to your local recycling site or used oil facility run by your local government. Some used oil facilities will also take your oil filters, oily rags, and plastic oil containers. Check this out when you next recycle your oil. 

Small companies like service stations usually produce more used oil than a local facility is able to take. Instead, used oil collectors will visit and remove the used oil (this may be free because used oil is valuable).