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8 Facts About Oil Recycling

Used Oil Recycling in New ZealandOil recycling is a broad concept. In the list below are specific information about used oil and how it remains a valuable resource through re-refining.

  1. Only used oil can be recycled for re-use. While this term is used interchangeably with ​waste oil, the latter is considered not usable. Hence, it cannot be recycled for repurposing.
  2. Oil recycling can mean several things. It could mean filtering to remove impurities, refining to produce gasoline, and re-refining to create new lubricant. The third process is considered the gold standard of oil recycling since it extends the life of the oil indefinitely.
  3. Processing oil and burning for energy recovery is the least recommended oil recycling process. Burning oil makes it non-reusable.
  4. For car hobbyists, recycling can be as simple as taking used oil to collection facilities for proper treatment or disposal. DIY oil changers are identified as major contributors in improper disposal of used oil, an occurrence that shouldn’t happen in the first place if car owners become more responsible with disposing of used oil.
  5. In New Zealand, used oil is not considered household hazardous waste. This means it cannot be dropped off for general waste collection unless certain rules are met.
  6. Recycled oil provides great benefits to the economy. Used oil can become whole new oil, fuel oils or a raw material to be used in the petroleum industry. Moreover, used oil is cheaper to process than crude. To illustrate, 42 gallons of crude oil and 1 gallon of used oil can produce the same amount of lubricating oil.
  7. Used oil is a valuable resource that can be re-used again and again. This does not only benefit the economy but also spare the environment from irrevocable damage.
  8. Recycled oil meets the American Petroleum Institute standards just like virgin coconut oil.

People can get involved in recycling used oil in more ways than they think they know. Car owners can buy recycled oil and patronize products that come from re-refined used oil, in addition to bringing used oil to facilities that provide collection services.