May 2008

Vesco Oil wins award for oil filter recycling process

Vesco Oil Corporation, a Southfield, Michigan-based distributor and supplier, received the Environmental Achievement Award for its used oil filter management program from the Environmental Management Association (EMA).

Vesco began collecting used oil filters in 1991 to complement its used oil collection program. At that time, Vesco identified and utilized only processing facilities that legitimately recycled all parts of the filter (paper, rubber, steel and oil). In 2003, Vesco started processing filters at its Detroit plant. Operating “The Kruncher,” an existing piece of Canadian equipment that Vesco specially modified and adapted, the company compresses 10-15 filters into a brick, essentially removing all the oil from them and encapsulating the paper and rubber elements.

In early 2005, Vesco invested nearly a half million dollars in a bulk filter collection and handling system. The process is housed in a completely enclosed and contained structure. By taking steps to drain all free-flowing liquids from the filter product after it has been processed, it becomes an attractive raw material for certain steel-making foundries.

Vesco provides customers with special containers, an efficient and clean means of storing filters at their sites, creating greater incentive for customers to manage their filters properly, rather than disposing of them in the trash. The company empties the containers from locations throughout Michigan into trucks that can carry in excess of 25,000 filters per load and safely transports them to the Detroit location for processing.