Be Smart With Your Used Motor Oil Change

Changing your vehicle’s motor oil is a relatively easy and safe process, but it can get muddled and lead to contamination of you oil and/or your environment if you’re not taking some simple, but important steps.

Courtesy of Edmunds.com: How to Change Your Oil:

Visit our Recycle Used Motor Oil page to get the full instructions on how to avoid contaminating your used motor oil (UMO) for proper recycling, and to locate a collection site near you.

The Benefits of Recycling UMO

By being responsible with your UMO disposal, you are not only saving the ocean and its many creatures from life-threatening oil slicks, but you are also protecting our groundwater (read: drinking water) from contamination. Recycling your used motor oil gives it the chance to be re-refined to be used again, which is a win-win for us and for the environment.

The act of recycling used motor oil saves the energy of extracting virgin oil from our environment, thus conserving raw materials and preserving the beauty and health of our natural habitats. Also, per American Petroleum Institute: “you can achieve the same level of performance from a re-refined oil product as you can from virgin oil”. This is great news, because the recycling process is successful only if there is a marketable use for the end product made from the recycled material. Think about that next time you go buy motor oil for your next oil change…

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 The whales want YOU to change your used motor oil responsibly. An oil drain container can help! Available at the MMN booth at Whale Day’s Eco-Alley, Saturday, February 13.

Remember, There are Three R’s

When we think about recycling, considerable thought should also be given to how we can reduce our use of a material in the first place. Edmunds.com, the well-known automotive resource, recommends referencing your owner’s manual to see how often you really need to change your motor oil.

“Driven by an outdated 3,000-mile oil change commandment, [American car owners] are unnecessarily spending millions of dollars and spilling an ocean of contaminated waste oil.”

The article is a thorough and interesting read, recommending us car owners to judge for ourselves what our cars really need in terms of oil changes. Luckily, many later models of vehicles come with their own oil monitoring system, so we don’t have to become car experts to do the right thing. “If your car has an oil life monitoring system, don’t try to second-guess it. Understand how it works and follow its guidelines.” For further insight, head over to Edmunds’ related article “When You Should Change Your Oil”.

Knowledge is Power!

Put in the effort, and you will reap the rewards, including the conservation of your natural and financial resources. The whales (and the many other living organisms on this planet, including your fellow neighbor) will thank you for it.