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Guilt-Free Oil Changes: Where to Dispose of Motor Oil for Free

Proper disposal of used motor oil is critical to protecting our environment. Approximately 25% of vehicle owners change their oil themselves. If you’re one of them, it’s essential to know the appropriate steps after draining that last drop of old oil. Here’s how you can ensure your used oil does not become a hazard:

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AMSOIL Signature Series 0W-30 100% Synthetic Motor Oil

Find A Local Recycling Center

Most oil-change centers and municipal recycling facilities offer free used oil disposal. Places like Advance Auto Parts*, AutoZone*, and Jiffy Lube* are equipped to accept used oil and often used oil filters as well. Before visiting, call ahead to confirm acceptance policies and whether they handle oil mixed with other substances like antifreeze.

Store And Transport Used Oil Safely

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Ensure that used oil is kept in clean plastic containers. Reusing your empty oil bottles as storage containers is a practical and environmentally friendly approach. Avoid contaminating oil with other chemicals as mixed substances might not be accepted by recycling programs.

Recycle Every Part

Oil filters contain residual oil, which can leak into the environment. Many recycling centers will accept and recycle these as well, preventing harmful contamination.

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AMSOIL 5W-20 100% Synthetic High-Mileage Motor Oil

Municipal Facilities

For disposal of larger quantities, municipal recycling facilities are an excellent option. These facilities typically accept various household recyclables, including motor oil and oil bottles. Check with your local facility for specific guidelines.

The Journey Of Recycled Motor Oil

Recycled motor oil can serve numerous functions. It can be processed into fuels like diesel, used in industrial boilers, or even re-refined into new motor oil. Recycling motor oil not only conserves resources but can significantly reduce environmental impact.

Here’s Another Option – Create Less Waste Oil

The ultimate solution in used oil management is reducing the amount of waste oil produced. By utilizing high-performance synthetic oils, you can extend the intervals between oil changes. For instance, AMSOIL’s Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil allows for up to 25,000 miles or one year between oil changes, whichever comes first. Opting for such products not only minimizes waste oil generation but also reduces the environmental burden of packaging waste and frequent oil changes.

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AMSOIL Universal Single-Remote Bypass System

Implementing these practices will not only aid in environmental preservation but also align with responsible vehicle maintenance. Remember, every quart of disposed oil counts. Dispose responsibly and make a positive impact.

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Protect our water, protect our earth. Recycle your motor oil.

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