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The Benefits of Reusing and Recycling Used Motor Oil


May 30, 2018   By Susan Jackson in Environmental Stewardship

If you are one of the 4 million people each year in the United States who change their own motor oil, make sure you take it to a used oil recycling facility so it doesn’t become a major source of contamination of waterways. The benefits are clear:

  • Recycling used oil keeps it from polluting soil and water.
  • Motor oil does not wear out, it just gets dirty. So, recycling it saves a valuable resource.
  • One gallon of used motor oil provides the same 2.5 quarts of lubricating oil as 42 gallons of crude oil.
  • Producing electricity with used oil rather than coal results in environmental and cost benefits.

Santee Cooper, through its Give Oil for Energy Recovery or GOFER program, continues to support recycling of used oil.

In fact, Santee Cooper is the state’s largest collector of used motor oil. Last year, the GOFER program collected more than 1.25 million gallons of oil and safely converted it into electric power. The infographic below shows the benefits of this program. Learn more about GOFER, including free drop off sites, here.