Recycled oil meets or exceeds standards set by the American Petroleum Institute (API). It lasts just as long and performs just as well as virgin oil. It also has the stamp of approval of every major car manufacturer. (Some cars require synthetic oil, which isn't available in a recycled variety, so check your user's manual before purchasing.) Of all the environmentally responsible choices you can make, opting to purchase recycled oil might just be the most effortless. It's good for the planet, good for the economy, and it doesn't require a single sacrifice on your part.
If you have used oil you'd like to recycle, many auto repair and quick lube shops will accept your used motor oil. Head over to Earth911 to locate a collection center near you, and get lots more information about oil and recycling below.
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