The Benefits of Reusing and Recycling Used Motor Oil

The Benefits of Reusing and Recycling Used Motor Oil

The Benefits of Reusing and Recycling Used Motor Oil

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.

Author Susan Jackson

Susan Jackson

Susan W. Jackson is the manager of the Coal Combustion Products (CCP) & Waste department at Santee Cooper.  Her career has included power plant engineering, regulatory compliance and project management.

In 2014, as the manager of CCP, was given the mission to expand the beneficial use of CCPs as a method for ash pond closures. In this role, Susan leads Santee Cooper’s CCP “beneficial use” program, landfill permitting projects, ash pond closure permitting, groundwater monitoring, and other environmental permitting and compliance programs.   
Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the University of South Carolina, and is a registered Professional Engineer in South Carolina.  
She has more than 28 years of experience at Santee.