What is used motor oil?
Every car, truck and bus on the road uses motor oil in their engines. Every three to five thousand miles, this oil has to be replaced. As a result of normal use, motor oil becomes contaminated with various impurities such as dirt, water, chemicals or metals from your engine. Some governmental jurisdictions classify used motor oil as hazardous. Because of these “impurities,” used motor oil should be handled with care and disposed of correctly to ensure the safety of the local community, environment and waterways.
Tips on Collecting Your Used Motor Oil
- Once you are finished draining the oil from your car’s crankcase, pour the used motor oil into a clean, leak proof container with a screw-top lid or use a drip pan that serves as both a collection and holding container.
- Containers specifically designed to hold used motor oil can be purchased at your local automotive supply store.
- Certain everyday household containers can also be used for used motor oil collection like milk and water jugs.
- Make sure the chosen storage container has a secure lid so motor oil will not spill or leak.
- Keep the collection containers clean.
- Always clearly label the container “Used Motor Oil”.
- Keep collected used motor oil out of reach of children and pets at all times.