Used motor oil is a big business. It’s the kind of business that government loves. The quantities usually are taken out of your car or truck periodically. They’re usually an amount the average person doesn’t want to fool with. Then there’s the law: that state you must take the oil to a facility that is able to handle it when getting rid of it. As all of these places usually collect the oil, it’s akin to car insurance: you have to have such a place. Usually, John and Mary Citizen just take the oil to the friendly guy at the gas station or auto parts store. Thanks, friendly guy!
Here are some stats for you
- One (1) gallon of used oil provides 2.5 quarts of lubricating oil after it is re-refined and that 2.5 quarts. This is what 42 gallons of crude oil would produce when refined. Hmmm! One gallon of used as opposed to 42 gallons of crude…for a little more than 50% recovery?
- Metals are recycled out of the oil. Ethylene glycol (that’s antifreeze) is also produced from recycling used motor oil and resold as recycled antifreeze.
Get paid for it
There are places you can find that will pay you for it, but you have to find them. There are going to be different rates for different companies in varied locations, but one place in Texas pays 50 cents/gallon of used motor oil with a minimum of 250 gallons for them to come and pick up for collection.
Also, pay no attention to the naysayers: if they can’t do it themselves, they’ll blame everyone around them for their situation and say it’s impossible…or they’ll just say it can’t be done. If you don’t have the space to store the oil, why not pool your oil in a tank with another family or two who has space? Then everyone splits the proceeds when the time of collection comes.
Heat your home
There are also heaters (large-scale, and space heaters) that will burn used motor oil. To be sure, they’re a little pricey, but you may just be able to swing a purchase of one on e-bay or come up with the cash for a good one. There is a Mother Earth News oil heater that was improved by a guy; the website offers plans for one for purchase and some parameters on a simpler model that can be constructed from an abandoned water heater.
This video has some interesting uses for used motor oil that can be applied to garden items and lubricating rusty tools.