FACTS ABOUT OIL

Factory

200 Million

Gallons of used oil are improperly disposed of each year.

Oil Drum

1 Gallon

Of used oil can make 1 million gallons of fresh water undrinkable.

US Map

1.85 Billion Barrels/Day

The US consumes more oil than any other country.

Tanker

Approximately 5 Million Tons

Of oil produced in the world each year ends up in the ocean.

LANDFILL AND INCINERATION

30$

Per ton to recycle trash

50$

Per ton to send it to the landfill

70$

Per ton to incinerate it

The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world

Number One

At 1,609 lbs. per person per year.

5% of the world's people

70 Drums/Person

40% of the world's waste

BENEFITS OF RECYCLING

SAVES ENERGY

The steps in creating a new product from virgin materials are greater than from recycled material. One must extract, refine, process, and transport virgin materials, whereas recycled material only needs to be collected, processed, and transported.

PRESERVES NATURAL RESOURCES

The amount of resources on the earth's surface are finite. Instead of cutting down more trees to produce paper, the trees can be saved by recycling old newspapers. Recycling helps to utilize usage of the limited natural resources we have.

REDUCES POLLUTION

Chemicals used to extract virgin materials contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Hence, when one reduces, reuses, and recycles, one does not contribute to the pollutants in the air.

PRESERVES LANDFILL SPACE

It is estimated that 75% of our waste is recyclable but only 30% is recycled. The less waste we throw into landfills, the less likely communities will suffer from pollution and groundwater contamination.

Facts About Recycling Oil

  • Wate Tracking

    Recycling just 2 gallons of used oil can generate enough electricity to run the average household for 24 hours.

  • Schedule Pickup

    It takes 42 gallons of crude oil, but only 1 gallon of used oil, to produce 2.5 quarts of new, high-quality lubricating oil.

  • Eliminate need of purchase new materials

    Mercedes Benz installs re-refined oil in every new car manufactured.

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    Refined oil prices are competitive, if not equivalent, to crude oil prices.

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    The United States Postal Service and National Park Service use re-refined oil in their vehicle fleets.

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    Looks can be deceiving. Motor oil never wears out, it just gets dirty. Old oil can be recycled, re-refined, and used again.

TIPS:

Machine Maintenance

Check your machines regularly for leaks. The more often you check, the less likely you are to experience an unexpected spill.

Reusable Absorbents

Replace your disposable pig mats and kitty litter with reusable absorbents to reduce waste.

Used Oil

Send your used oil to a refinery, drop it off at a collection site, or use an oil absorbent recycler such as CLR to ensure proper recycling.

Refined Oil

Refined oil is used as low grade fuel, kerosene, asphalt, diesel fuel, or paraffin wax.

Sources:

  • Wate Tracking

    International Business Times

  • Schedule Pickup

    American Petroleum Institute

  • Eliminate need of purchase new materials

    Neuhauser, Alan. "Oil Spills Aplenty Since Exxon Valdez."

  • Plant Layout

    Abanaki Oil Skimmers

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    University of South Indiana

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    Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives