Used Oil Recycling Program Give Your Oil a Fresh Start WHY SHOULD I RECYCLE USED OIL? PUT IT THIS WAY - IT'S BETTER THAN DRINKING IT! Used motor oil is a large source of the pollution in our state's waterways. Every year, Rhode Island do-it-yourselfers discard an estimated 1.4 million gallons. Much of this goes down storm drains, on the ground (sometimes to kill weeds) or into a trashcan and then to a landfill. If it's disposed of in any of these ways it could contaminate ground or surface waters--used motor oil contains lead and other toxic substances. Here's what happens when oil and water mix: One quart of oil will foul the taste of 250,000 gallons of water. One pint of oil can create an acre-sized slick on surface water. Oil kills fish and other aquatic life. It can even be carried into our food. Oil poured down the drain can kill the bacteria needed to break down human wastes in the sewage treatment plant or in your septic system. Oil poured on the ground can poison neighboring wells. THROWING AWAY USED OIL IS ALSO A WASTE You have an oil well in your car! Oil never wears out; it just gets dirty! Recycling cleans the oil to be used again. Recycling oil saves a valuable resource, and helps cut down our reliance on overseas suppliers. Recycled oil is as good a lubricant as new oil. Or it can be burned as fuel to produce heat or electricity - it's as good as coal, and cleaner, too! One gallon of used motor oil will produce more than one half-gallon of clean motor oil. It takes 42 gallons of crude oil to produce the same amount. Since the program began in 1988, Rhode Island do-it-yourselfers have turned in over a million and a half gallons of used motor oil. That's quite a gusher for a state that's so much smaller than Texas! HOW CAN I RECYCLE USED OIL? Recycling used oil is as easy as 1-2-3. Drain used oil into a suitable container with a tight-fitting cap, such as a thoroughly rinsed, heavy, plastic jug, which can be used over and over.Note: Never mix used motor oil with any other liquids, such as: antifreeze, gasoline, paint thinner, solvents, cooking oil, or water! Take the used oil to the Oil Recycling Facility in your community. Deposits are limited to five gallons. The used oil will be picked up for refining or reprocessing. WHERE CAN I RECYCLE USED OIL? From a RI household: For less than 10 gallons, your city or town may offer special motor oil instructions for its residents. View the list of city/towns here. For any amount, you can also call Rhode Island Resource Recovery Coorporation's Eco-Depot Program for a FREE appointment at 942-1430 ext. 241 or make an appointment online. From any RI source (e.g. household, business, school): View statewide options for disposal that are open to anyone. Fees may apply. Need More Information? Contact DEM at (40l) 222-4700, Ext. 74412.