Used oil can contain such contaminants as lead, magnesium, copper, zinc, chromium, arsenic, chlorides, cadmium, and chlorinated compounds. Oil poured down drains or onto the ground can work its way into our ground and surface waters and cause serious pollution. One gallon of used oil can foul a million gallons of drinking water. Federal reports indicate that used motor oil accounts for more than 40 percent of the total oil pollution of our nation's harbors and waterways.
Yes, used oil is very recyclable. Used oil can be re-refined or processed into fuel oil. In 2010, 120 million gallons of lubricating oil were sold in California. Approximately 20 percent or 24 million gallons, leaked out of engines or was burned. 83 million gallons of the remaining oil was recycled, preventing it from being improperly disposed of down storm drains, into lakes or streams, or thrown in the garbage. Folsom residents recycle about 3,500 gallons of oil each year.
You can participate in oil recycling by following these tips:
Each year California generates 67 million used automotive filters. The filters are considered hazardous waste and are banned from landfills, however, most are also completely recyclable. Each filter has about a pound of re-usable steel. All the filters sold annually in California can be recycled into 67 million pounds of steel, enough to build three large sports stadiums. Folsom residents recycle thousands of oil filters annually.
In addition to recycling steel, it’s important to recycle oil filters because each oil filter has, on average, around 10 fluid ounces of used motor oil, even after draining! All of this trapped motor oil adds up to more than two million gallons of used oil going into the environment, the water system or into landfills in California each year from filters that aren’t properly recycled. Oil recovered from the recycled filters is made back into motor oil, closing the loop.
There are numerous used oil collection centers that will accept oil filters from the public.
You can recycle used oil filters in Folsom's Door 2 Door HHW collection program. Drain as much oil from the filter as possible and place your used oil filters in a sealed plastic bag before setting them out for pickup.
429 Blue Ravine Rd
|Yes||7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday
7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
| *Jiffy Lube #1142
709 E. Bidwell St
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8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
1191 Riley St
|Yes||7:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Monday-Saturday
8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
| *SpeeDee Oil Change &
|Yes|| 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
| Wal-Mart Tire Lube Express
1018 Riley St
|Yes|| 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday
8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
| *Folsom Lake Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
12545 Folsom Blvd
|Yes||7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
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