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Does used motor oil get recycled to Synthetic? #4548099
10/19/17 10:11 AM
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I heard that used motor oil is recycled and ends up as synthetic oil. Is any of that true? Hope everyone is well.


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Re: Does used motor oil get recycled to Synthetic? [Re: mbacfp] #4548108
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I would bet most gets burned.


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Re: Does used motor oil get recycled to Synthetic? [Re: CT8] #4548111
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Originally Posted By: CT8
I would bet most gets burned.


Burned in old electric power plants that still burn oil. Yes, I used to work at one.

Re: Does used motor oil get recycled to Synthetic? [Re: mbacfp] #4548120
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Thanks for the info.


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Re: Does used motor oil get recycled to Synthetic? [Re: mbacfp] #4548124
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Sounds like another wife's tale, probably another speculation on making group iii base.

Re: Does used motor oil get recycled to Synthetic? [Re: zzyzzx] #4548289
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Originally Posted By: zzyzzx
Originally Posted By: CT8
I would bet most gets burned.


Burned in old electric power plants that still burn oil. Yes, I used to work at one.


Interesting. Makes sense. If I owned a garage and had the extra scratch I would invest in a used oil burner for the shop. Considering the surplus it would be nice to have a double duty


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Re: Does used motor oil get recycled to Synthetic? [Re: mbacfp] #4548413
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Most used oil I take I know gets recycled and re refined into new motor oil by SAFETY KLEEN


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Re: Does used motor oil get recycled to Synthetic? [Re: 53' Stude] #4548875
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This Company produces some recyceld oils, but i dont know for sure wich one of their producht range is based on recycled stocks:

http://www.pennasol.com/

I have seen a UOA of one of this oils on the german oil-club.de and this oil performs extremly well.

Re: Does used motor oil get recycled to Synthetic? [Re: mbacfp] #4550244
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Safety Kleen is an oil recycler and they put out a lot of blend oils and some synthetics. According to their site, they are the largest oil recycler, returning 200 million gallons of used oil back into the market.


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Re: Does used motor oil get recycled to Synthetic? [Re: zzyzzx] #4550380
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Originally Posted By: zzyzzx
Originally Posted By: CT8
I would bet most gets burned.


Burned in old electric power plants that still burn oil. Yes, I used to work at one.




This is a "VOA" of the fuel oil at work...you can see that there's a high percentage of use engine oil in it.

Coal fired, we use 150-250,000 litres of recycled oil to get the units up from a shutdown, and 1,500l every time we have to change mill configuration.

Re: Does used motor oil get recycled to Synthetic? [Re: mbacfp] #4550583
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Lot of people use oil burning heaters to heat large shops, barns, etc. and that's what we did with ours when I worked at the lube shop. We had one of said heaters in that shop and it was nice on those negative degree winter days!


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Re: Does used motor oil get recycled to Synthetic? [Re: mbacfp] #4556052
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If the used oil wasn't burned new oil at a probably higher cost would be burned.


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Re: Does used motor oil get recycled to Synthetic? [Re: mbacfp] #4556161
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I guess if dirty crude oil can be refined so can used oil.


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Re: Does used motor oil get recycled to Synthetic? [Re: mbacfp] #4556166
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http://www.noranews.org/?UOReRefining This group is the association. Can't really have an association w.o membership - so there are plenty of folks doing this laugh


Formerly in marine engineering. In an earlier life I owned my own petroleum tank truck, and hauled for the majors and independent's.
Re: Does used motor oil get recycled to Synthetic? [Re: mbacfp] #4556288
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Originally Posted By: mbacfp
I heard that used motor oil is recycled and ends up as synthetic oil. Is any of that true? Hope everyone is well.


If the oil re-refiner has a hydrocracker, then there is no reason why they couldn't produce a Group III base oil. Whether or not they would is a completely different story. In base oil manufacturing, Group III generally produces a lower yield (less usable product per gallon of feedstock) and so most re-refiners only target Group II performance.


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