NOVEMBER 2011

Percentage of recycled engine oil use increases

According to a study by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, engine oil is recycled by 95 percent of auto repair shops and the parts stores that accept used engine oil.

An estimated 1.3 billion gallons of motor vehicle engine oil is generated each year from oil changes performed primarily at repair shops or by do-it-yourselfers. Fortunately, the majority of used oil is collected and sold as combustible fuel, mainly used for energy for power plants and heating. About 16 percent of used engine oil is re-refined into new oil.