Unwanted Motor Oil? Why You Should Bring it to Us...

posted 1/6/2016

Did you know that, if improperly disposed of, one gallon of motor oil has the potential to contaminate one million gallons of drinking water? That’s a year’s supply of water for 50 people!

If you think that oil pollution primarily comes from factories and oil tanker spills, think again. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 40 percent of oil pollution in the U.S. comes from improper disposal of motor oil by individuals. Used oil is all too often improperly disposed and makes its way into storm drains and waterways, causing serious contamination to our water supply.

Luckily, the Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off makes it easy to properly dispose of your used motor oil and they actually RECYCLE it! The facility accepts oil from residents at no charge and recycles it into fuel to heat the building. One of our very own environmental technicians built an EPA approved (environmentally friendly) machine that converts motor oil into fuel to heat the facility. So, when you take your motor oil to the Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off, it’s disposed of in an innovative way that has saved an estimated $90,000 in heating costs since the system was installed in 2003.

In addition to recycling the motor oil, the plastic containers are shredded, compacted and shipped to Eastern Iowa where the plastic pellets are recycled into pallets. This is an added benefit since plastic containers that have held any kind of hazardous material are not accepted in your curbside recycling cart.

Now that is a win-win situation for everyone!

Easy Tips to Recycle Your Used Motor Oil

  1. Don’t mix motor oil with other hazardous materials.
  2. Keep in original containers. This provides information needed to determine if the hazardous material is recyclable or just needs proper disposal.
  3. Take it to the Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off located ½ mile north off of I-80 and Hwy 65 in Bondurant. Or, visit the new Northwest Drop-Off in Grimes opening Spring of 2016.