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Recycle Your Used Oil and Oil Filters!

Did you know that one gallon of used oil can pollute one million gallons of water, which equals a year’s supply of water for 50 people?  Did you know that in the Los Angeles area, more than 20 million gallons of used motor oil are dumped by citizens into the environment every year?  By comparison, the Exxon-Valdez Oil spill in Alaska in 1989, was 11 million gallons.


Many individuals are not familiar with the problems that used oil can pose to the environment.  When used oil is thrown in the trash or down the storm drain, it will eventually leak into our underground water supply or flow to the ocean.  This pollution will render our drinking water undrinkable, and kill plants and other ocean wildlife.


By recycling your used oil, you can help save our drinking water as well as millions of dollars in taxpayer costs needed to clean up the pollution.  Recycling used oil can also save energy.  Re-refining used oil uses 50-85 percent less energy than refining crude oil according to the American Petroleum Institute. 


Did you know that used oil filters can also be recycled?  According to the Steel Recycling Institute, recycling all of the filters sold in the United States annually would recover 160,000 tons of steel, enough to build 16 stadiums the size of Atlanta’s Turner Stadium.  The filters also contain 45 percent used oil in weight when removed from the vehicle.  Do the right thing and recycle oil filters along with used oil. 


How can you Recycle Used Oil and Filters?

1)      Remove the used oil and filter from your truck, RV, boat, lawnmower, motorcycle or any other vehicle

2)      Store your used oil in a used oil container

3)      Do not mix your used oil with any other liquid or substance such as water or antifreeze.

4)      Recycle your used oil and filter by taking it to a certified collection center.  There are five FREE certified collection centers in La Habra: 


Kragen Auto                                 Firestone                                 

1621 W. Whittier Blvd.                  1071 S. Beach Blvd.                                       

(562) 905-2538                             (562) 691-1731                                              


Pep Boys                                     Auto Zone

125 W. Imperial Highway               1200 W. Imperial Highway

(714) 447-0601                              (562) 694-5337

                                                         (Does not Collect Filters)

Burch Ford

201 N. Harbor Blvd.

(562) 691-3225

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