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September 2003

Town Improves Oil Collection

Concord, NH— New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Commissioner Michael P. Nolin announced that the DES Used Oil Program has reimbursed the Town of Ossipee $2,500 in grant funds to offset costs associated with the purchase of a used oil burner for its highway department garage located at 55 Main Street.

Nolin noted, “Many people who change their own motor oil are uncertain about how to properly dispose of their used oil. If used oil is poured down the drain, dumped onto the ground, or disposed with the trash, it can cause adverse impacts to our environment. When used oil is collected for recycling, it changes from an environmental hazard into a useful resource.”

“The furnace will allow the town to utilize used oil collected at the solid waste facility to heat the town highway garage and reduce heating costs,” said Douglas R. Sargent, Director of Public Works for Ossipee. “It will also allow the town to reduce the expense of disposing of used oil.”

Through the DES Used Oil Grant Program, a maximum of $2,500 per year in grant funds are available to political subdivisions and to some private entities to establish, improve, or promote used oil collection centers. Municipalities may also apply funds towards the off-site transportation and recycling of the used oil. Municipalities that share a center may combine their awards for a total not to exceed $5,000 for improvements toward their used oil collection program.

Studies indicate that well advertised and conveniently located used oil collection centers are most effective in preventing people from improperly disposing of their used oil. DES encourages each city and town to provide a convenient and safe drop-off location.


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