Each year, Idaho residents throw away countless gallons of used oil. Many of the people improperly disposing of this oil are people who changed the oil in their cars. Unfortunately, used oil is dangerous and can easily work its way to drinking water. Oil dumped down drains, storm sewers, or in the garbage can seep down to groundwater or get washed into waterways, where it can poison wildlife and ultimately humans.
And when humans come into contact with used oil, the results are deadly. Many illnesses have been linked to contact with used oil that compromises the health and safety of our communities, such as:
- Fetal abnormalities
- Various cancers (lung, liver, kidney, bladder, and skin)
Used oil is also lethal to plants and animals, which can also die from unnecessary contact. For these reasons, used oil must be disposed of in a proper manner.
There is simply no need for this waste. Used oil actually has many uses, such as:
- Used oil can be turned into heating oil for homes.
- Used oil can be re-refined so that is reusable.
Re-refining used oil is energy efficient and could save Idaho millions of dollars, so do your part and hire an environmental disposal company to dispose of your used oil properly.