The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines used engine/motor oils as any oil that is petroleum-based or synthetic and has been used to lubricate vehicles. It can become contaminated by dirt, metal scrapings, and chemicals over time and it will not perform well.

Engine oil is a truth. It doesn't wear out, it just gets dirty. It can be recycled multiple times, which reduces our dependence upon foreign subsidies. However, if engine oil is poured onto the ground, into storm drains, it can pollute groundwater, streams, rivers, and soil. This pollution threat can be reduced by recycling.

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The American Petroleum Institute (API) estimates that over 600 million gallons are purchased annually. The auto-maintenance professionals who use this lubricant to maintain their vehicles consume more than half (or 345 million gallons). If you're one of these people, place the oil in a container with a lid.

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You are incorrectly disposing of your used motor oil if you put it on the ground or into a storm drain. The used motor oil can pollute streams, lakes, and waterways and also can affect our drinking water supply. If it isn't properly disposed of, a single quart of motor oil can pollute up to 2,000,000 gallons worth of freshwater. 

When you next change your oil, don't forget to recycle the oil from your vehicle, truck, motorbike, boat, recreational vehicle, or lawnmower. You can help the environment by dropping off your used motor oils at a recycling center.

Recycling your used motor oil helps keep it out of rivers, streams, and groundwater. This means that it is kept out of our drinking water and off our beaches. It also helps to keep wildlife away. Reusing oil can help protect clean drinking water, one of the most valuable natural resources.