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About used motor oil

Oil is a valuable and finite resource. Each year, more than 500 million litres of motor oil is sold in Australia. It takes only one litre of oil to contaminate one million litres of water and a single automotive oil change produces 4 to 5 litres of used oil.

Importance of recycling motor oil

Used oil is hazardous. Lubricating oil picks up a variety of hazardous contaminants when used in engines and transmissions including lead, dioxins, benzene and polycyclic aromatics. Leaving used oil sitting in your garage is a potential fire hazard.

How we recycle your used car oil Equally important to surpassing our customer’s level of satisfaction is our pledge to “be green”. Super Quick makes sure that we meet all the federal and state requirements for safety, environmental protection and waste disposal. Used oil oil filters, oily rags, and plastic oil containers are delivered to a licensed recycling company to be handled in an environmentally friendly process.

Source: Dept. of the Environment & Heritage

Why recycle used oil?

Cars, trucks, farm machines and boats all need regular lubricating oil changes. Do you remember to recycle your used oil after an oil change? Around 500 million litres of lubricating oil is sold in Australia each year. While some engines such as two-stroke lawn mower engines burn oil completely, others like motor vehicle engines and machinery produce large volumes of used oil that can be reclaimed and reused. Industry and the community generate at least 250 million litres of used oil in Australia each year. Disposing of used oil the wrong way has the potential to pollute land, water and infrastructure, so we need to recover and recycle as much of it as possible. Consider that it takes only one litre of oil to contaminate one million litres of water (which is about half the size of an Olympic swimming pool), and a single automotive oil change produces 4 to 5 litres of used oil.

How valuable is used oil?

Used oil, or ‘sump oil’ as it is sometimes called, should not be thrown away. Although it gets dirty, used oil can still be cleaned and re-used. In fact, recycled used oil can be used as an industrial burner fuel, hydraulic oil, incorporated into other products or re-refined back into new lubricating oil.

What happens when used oil is collected?

Used oil collectors take used oil from collection points (such as landfills), service stations and other major used oil producers. They may then undertake some pre-treatment and recycling of the used oil or sell it to a specialised used oil recycler. Pre-treatment of used oil involves removing any water within the oil, known as dewatering. One way of doing this is by placing it in large settling tanks, which separates the oil and water.

Further recycling steps include:

  • Filtering the oil to remove any solids present in the oil;
  • Demineralisation to remove inorganic material and certain additives producing a cleaner burner fuel or feed oil for further refining;
  • Propane de-asphalting to remove the heavier bituminous fractions, producing re-refined base oil; and
  • Distillation to produce re-refined base oil suitable for use as a lubricant, hydraulic or transformer oil. This process is very similar to the process undergone by virgin oil.

How can used oil be recycled?

Used oil can be cleaned of contaminants so it can be recycled again and again. There are many uses for recycled used oil. These include:

  • Industrial burner oil, where the used oil is dewatered, filtered and demineralised for use in industrial burners;
  • Mould oil to help release products from their moulds (e.g. pressed metal products, concrete);
  • Hydraulic oil;
  • Bitumen based products;
  • An additive in manufactured products; or
  • Re-refined base oil for use as a lubricant, hydraulic or transformer oil