Oil n Go was nominated for the prestigious CVPS-Zetterstrom Environmental Award! Although we didn't win, it's an honor just to be nominated and publicly recognized for our environmental efforts! Check out their letter to us here.
Oil n Go is working towards a greener tomorrow. Even as more hybrid and electric vehicles make their way onto our roads, motor oil will remain an important aspect of vehicle maintenace, as even electric motors need lubricating oil for peak efficiency. Making sure that used motor oil is recycled properly is one of Oil n Go's top priorities. Oil n Go is proud that 100% of its used motor oil is recycled, making sure motor oil doesn't end up polluting our environment. Take a few minutes to read the full article about recycling used motor oil and what we're doing to help.
You may not be aware of how dangerous used motor oil and used motor oil filters can be. Here are the facts:
Used motor oil can contain toxic substances such as benzene, lead, zinc, and cadmium.
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.
Films of oil on the surface of water prevent the replenishment of dissolved oxygen, impair photosynthetic processes, and block sunlight.
Oil dumped on land reduces soil productivity.
Concentrations of 50 to 100 parts per million (ppm) of used oil can foul sewage treatment processes.
Each year the U.S. generates 425 million used automotive oil filters containing 160,000 tons of iron units and 18 million gallons of oil.
Recycling all the filters sold annually in the United States would result in the recovery of about 160,000 tons of steel, or enough steel to make 16 new stadiums the size of Atlanta's Turner Stadium.
Used oil filters can contain more than 45 percent used motor oil in weight when removed from the vehicle.
In the U.S., less than 60 percent of used oil is recycled.
Recycled motor oil can be converted into re-refined motor oil, a product just as effective as regular oil.
2.5 quarts of re-refined lubricating oil can be produced from one gallon of used oil.
Re-refining is energy efficient--less energy is required to produce a gallon of re-refined base stock than to produce a base stock from crude oil.
Re-refined oil prices are competitive to equivalent virgin oil products.
The United States Postal Service and National Park Service use re-refined oil in their vehicle fleets.
The Department of Defense compared making lube oils from virgin base oil and used oil and determined using used oil was both more environmentally friendly and
The U.S. Conference of Mayors has endorsed re-refined oil.
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4. Feasibility Study for Recycling Used Automotive Oil Filters in a Blast Furnace (0041), performed by Metserv for the American Iron and Steel Institute, January 2002.
5. Recycling Used Oil Filters at the Shop, Steel Recycling Institute website.
6. Peaslee, K.D. and D.E. Roberts, The Future of Used Oil Filter Recycling in Missouri--An Evaluation of Potential Processes, Product Quality, Recycling Locations, and Economics, University of Missouri-Rolla, Missouri, February 1997, pp. 3.
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9. Oil Does Not Wear Out...It Just Gets Dirty, CIWMB Publication #611-01-002 (developed by Ross-Campbell Inc.), Revised July 2003.
10. Department of Defense Re-Refined Oil Policy, Presentation by Karl Weiss, Office of Deputy under Secretary of Defense (Environmental Security), pp 4-7, April 2000.
11. Buy Recycled Training Institute: Best Practices Guide, U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2000.