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Recycled motor oil end users #5196498 08/25/19 07:20 PM
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Most all parts stores now accept used motor oil, and then it is picked up and taken to a recycle center for processing. Anyone here know who the big end users of the recycled oil are? Is any of it used for motor oil again? (Valvoline NexGen was a flop apparently). Are the end users primarily industrial, as in burning in oil fired boilers, or maybe asphalt/road tar, and roofing tar?

Re: Recycled motor oil end users [Re: Electromotive] #5196516 08/25/19 07:39 PM
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Safety Kleen is the big player in that game:

https://www.safety-kleen.com/services/oil-collection-services/oil-re-refining

I think I'd remembered reading one time that they held a government contract to supply a boatload of oil to the military. Been a while since I read that though.


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Re: Recycled motor oil end users [Re: Electromotive] #5196522 08/25/19 07:46 PM
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Interesting, there was an executive order way back in 2000:

Presidential Executive Order
Executive Order 13149: "No federal agencies shall purchase, sell or arrange for the purchase of virgin petroleum motor vehicle lubricating oils when re-refined oils are reasonably available and meet the vehicle manufacturer's recommended performance standards."

Full text:

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2000-04-26/pdf/00-10551.pdf


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Re: Recycled motor oil end users [Re: ctechbob] #5196527 08/25/19 07:52 PM
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Thanks for the info. Good information.

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Around here it all goes into a solution salt mining company's boilers.

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The great majority is burned in furnaces.


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Re: Recycled motor oil end users [Re: Electromotive] #5196588 08/25/19 08:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Electromotive
Most all parts stores now accept used motor oil, and then it is picked up and taken to a recycle center for processing. Anyone here know who the big end users of the recycled oil are? Is any of it used for motor oil again? (Valvoline NexGen was a flop apparently). Are the end users primarily industrial, as in burning in oil fired boilers, or maybe asphalt/road tar, and roofing tar?



At the quick lubes around me a local waste oil company collects it and a asphalt company buys a bunch off them.

At my work, we use Safety Kleen 5w30 "ECO POWER 5W30 blend and "ECO ULTRA" Synthetic 0w20 by Safety Kleen


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Re: Recycled motor oil end users [Re: ctechbob] #5196728 08/26/19 12:39 AM
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why do you think they accept it for free its worth a lot of money as fuel or other use

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Re: Recycled motor oil end users [Re: tahoe_hybrid] #5196783 08/26/19 05:38 AM
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Originally Posted by tahoe_hybrid
why do you think they accept it for free its worth a lot of money as fuel or other use


Because they feel they are providing a "service"

They should be purchasing it.


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Originally Posted by Linctex
Originally Posted by tahoe_hybrid
why do you think they accept it for free its worth a lot of money as fuel or other use


Because they feel they are providing a "service"

They should be purchasing it.

Growing up, we use to dump our used motor oil in the 'fields' behind the house.
Today, I am more then happy to drop the used oil at any auto parts store / seeking forgiveness for my sins

How much profit does the store make on a drum ?
1) They have to dedicate floor space for any drums / which could be 2-3 pallets
2) Have an employee empty the containers into a drum
3) Discard the empty gallon containers
4) Deal with any spills

Let them make any profit they can.
When I shop for parts, I have a lot of options for getting the best price and quality.


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Re: Recycled motor oil end users [Re: Electromotive] #5196930 08/26/19 09:00 AM
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I can vouch for military using recycled engine oil in their engines. I see it all the time. Drums of 15W-40 from safetykleen in just about every motorpool.


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Re: Recycled motor oil end users [Re: Electromotive] #5196946 08/26/19 09:29 AM
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As long as contaminants are removed and the add pack/TBN is replenished before new use, what's the problem?


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Any options out there for selling used motor oil? For example, I generally keep my scrap parts/metal until I have approximately $20 worth to take to the recycler... who pays me for it. I wouldn't mind keeping, say a 5-10 gallon jug of used motor oil on hand until its full to sell.


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Re: Recycled motor oil end users [Re: SubieRubyRoo] #5197158 08/26/19 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by SubieRubyRoo
As long as contaminants are removed and the add pack/TBN is replenished before new use, what's the problem?


Nobody said there was any problem... ???


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Re: Recycled motor oil end users [Re: Electromotive] #5197576 08/26/19 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Electromotive
NextGen was a flop


Just because consumers were finicky doesn’t mean the idea itself was without merit; it just means it was not the correct idea for consumer sentiment at the time it was implemented.


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