What Makes Used Oil a Valuable Commodity?

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Many people fail to understand the many benefits that come with recycling used oil. In addition to reducing pollution and conserving the environment, recycling oil creates new petroleum products as well.

As a motoring enthusiast who loves to tinker with your engine, you probably change your own oil too. But what do you do with the dirty oil after draining it from the engine? Whatever you do, it’s important to adhere to the proper disposal of used oil. This way, you put the oil to good use again.

Pass It on as a Gift

Well, you may never think of used oil as anything worth passing on as a gift, but to the right people, it’s a valuable commodity. Dirty oil can be reused for asphalt production and electricity generation, for instance. In a power plant, two gallons of used oil generates enough electricity to run a regular household for 24 hours.

Used oil fits the adage ‘one man’s trash is one man’s gold’. You just need to get it into the right hands. Thankfully, many collection centres will happily accept your used oil then pass it on to such users.

Safeguard the Environment

Used oil contains lots of toxic substances such as lead, benzene, cadmium and zinc. If you dump it on the ground or ship it off to a landfill, these harmful substances make their way to the lakes and rivers, poisoning them. The chemicals may infiltrate the groundwater, where much of your drinking water comes from, putting your health at risk.

In the right hands, used oil is a great resource that can be recycled repeatedly. Once cleaned, a gallon of dirty oil gives a gallon of fuel oil or about 2.5 quarts of lubricating base oil with high intensity processing.

Used oil is a valuable resource. So you should always pass on your used oil to the people who can put it to good use and safeguard the environment.