The more waste we generate, the more
we have to treat, store, and dispose of. So
recycling makes more sense today than
  Improper waste management costs
money—your money! You pay in higher
consumer prices, taxes for environmental
cleanups, and increased health care costs,
when wastes are improperly managed.
  Recycling saves money and protects the
environment. So help be part of the
solution, not part of the problem. Recycle
used oil and other household materials,
such as newspaper, glass, metals, and
  If your community has an oil recycling
program, join it. If it doesn't, start one.
Write for EPA's manual entitled "How to
Set Up A Local Program To Recycle Used
Oil" at the address below or call EPA's
RCRA/Superfund Hotline at
1-800-424-9346 (in Washington, DC,


Environmental  quality is everybody's
business, and everybody can do a lot  to

  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
          Office of Solid Waste
           401 M Street, SW
         Washington, DC 20460
                                                        United States         EPA/530-SW-89-039B
                                                        Environmental Protection  June 1989

                                                        Solid Waste And Emergency Response (OS-305/
oEPA  Recycling
             Used Oil
             What  Can You
                                                                     Printed on Recycled Paper

Why Recycling Your Oil Helps The
Environment And Saves Energy

  o Used oil from a single oil change can
ruin a million gallons of fresh water—a
year's supply for 50 people. Used oil is
insoluble, persistent, and can contain toxic
chemicals and heavy metals. It's slow to
degrade. It sticks to everything from beach
sand to bird feathers. Used oil is a major
source of oil pollution in our nation's

  o "Do-it-yourselfers"~consumers who
change their own oil-generate at least 200
million gallons of used oil every year.
Americans who change their own oil throw
away 120 million gallons of recoverable
motor oil by dumping it on the ground, by
pouring it down stormdrains, or by putting
it in trash cans.

  o Recycling this oil would save the United
States 1.3 million barrels of oil per day. One
gallon of used oil provides the same 2.5
quarts of lubricating oil as 42 gallons of
crude oil.
          Recycling Works!
What Can You Do?

Today, almost 60 percent of the nation's
automotive oil is changed by consumers
  Recycle used oil from cars, trucks,
boats, motorcycles, recreational vehicles,
and lawnmowers.

It's easy to recycle used oil ...
Put your used oil in
a clean plastic container
with a tight lid.
Don't mix it with anything else (paint,
gasoline, solvents, antifreeze, etc.).
                                                   Take it to a service
                                                   station or other location
                                                   that collects used oil for
                                                   Call your local or state government to find
                                                   out where.