Did you know that a single litre of used motor oil will contaminate a million litres of ground water?
Motor oil picks up nasty things like lead, cadmium, arsenic, dioxins, benzene and polycyclic aromatics in engines. If it is dumped on the ground or in drains, it can harm people, plants, animals, fish and other water creatures.
It sits on the surface of water, preventing sunlight and oxygen from getting into the water, affecting fish and water plants. It can kill fish, frogs and other animals that breathe from the water surface.
Burning used oil at low temperatures puts things in the air that can harm human health.
Antifreeze (new or used) is harmful to people, animals and plants. Recycled antifreeze jugs should not be used for food containers so need to be kept separate from regular recycling.
In Manitoba, motor oil producers began to reclaim and reuse or recycle used motor oil, filters and containers in 1999. The program has been expanded to collect antifreeze and its containers
There are collection sites at the Flin Flon and Creighton Landfills. A business is licensed to collect the used motor oil, containers and filters from these sites and from local businesses.
Used oil can be recycled at 2 plants in Ontario and BC. In our part of the country it is used in high temperature oil furnaces certified and registered to burn used motor oil.
Antifreeze is recycled for reuse.
Oil and antifreeze containers are made into parking lot curbs and fence posts. Oil filters are squished to remove the oil and recycled into rebar for cement construction.
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