Used Oil and Filter Recycling Facts


Used Oil 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.
  • In the U.S., less than 60 percent of used oil is recycled.
  • 1 in 5 households have a do-it-yourself (DIY) oil changer.
  • As of July 2004, there are more than 2,600 State-certified collection centers and 70 curbside collection programs in California, which accept used oil for free. (Find your nearest certified center...)
  • More than 98 million gallons of used oils were recycled in the fiscal year 2001-2002.

Oil Filter Facts

  • 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.