Universal Lubricants Asks Motorists to Make Motor Oil Recycling a National Movement This Earth Day
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Press Release from NORA Member Universal Lubricants, LLC
Wichita, Kansas - Apr 17, 2013 - Across the country,
Americans are asking important questions about the Earth and
sustainability; most start with "How?" How do we conserve more, waste
less and protect our environment? When it involves motor oil and
filters, Universal Lubricants®, manufacturer and distributor of the Eco Ultra®
line of sustainable lubricants, has the answer and this Earth Day the
company is asking motorists to make motor oil recycling a national
"If every do-it-yourself vehicle owner recycled their used
motor oil and filters, the benefits to our planet would be monumental,"
said Edward Genovese, Universal Lubricants' senior vice president of
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more
than 40 percent of our nation's oil pollution comes from the improper
disposal of used motor oil by do-it-yourselfers. The American Petroleum
Institute states that more than 600 million gallons (http://www.earth911.com/recycling/used-motor-oil-and-filters/)
of motor oil is purchased in the U.S. each year, and about half of all
motor oil sold is to "do-it-yourself" car owners. Since 95 percent of
auto shops and aftermarket parts stores already recycle used motor oil,
Universal Lubricants is working to educate everyday motorists on how
they can make a huge impact on our environmental footprint.
"Most people don't realize the role that recycling used motor
oil plays in the health of our planet," Genovese said. "Improperly
disposing of one gallon of used oil can contaminate up to one million
gallons of drinking water. And throwing a used oil filter in the garbage
adds unnecessary steel and bulk to our landfills, where residual oil
stuck in filters can leach into groundwater.
"Yet, recycling just two gallons of used motor oil can power
an average home for an entire day, protect our landfills, prevent
groundwater pollution and reduce our dependency on foreign oil. And
recycling a used oil filter allows companies with oil filter processors,
like the ones Universal Lubricants operates in Monee, Ill. and Dallas,
Texas, to shred or crush the filter, extract the trapped oil for
re-refining and recycle the steel or paper to make other products --
effectively closing the loop on oil filter disposal."
Independent studies show that oils produced from re-refined
base stock reduce engine wear, which leads to fewer oil changes, reduced
oil consumption and better gas mileage. Universal Lubricants' Eco
Ultra® Synthetic Blend Motor Oil has turned a previously nonrenewable resource
into a renewable one. If all 308 million Americans got an Eco Ultra oil
change, we could prevent 616 million barrels of crude oil from being
extracted from the Earth. Now that's environmental stewardship.
Environmentally conscious automotive business owners across
the country are doing their part. Roger Scholfield, president of
Scholfield Honda in Wichita, Kan., said, "Consumers like choices and
many, when offered an environmental alternative, will not only choose
that product but will pay a premium for it. The re-refined oil we
purchase from Universal Lubricants supports our environmental mission to
reduce, reuse and recycle. We sold nearly 5,000 gallons in the last 12
months. That's good for our business, good for our clients and great for
The Car Care Council estimates that this year 50 percent of
auto parts stores and repair shops will recycle used oil filters,
keeping 160,000 tons of steel out of landfills.
"Imagine the impact if everyone recycled their motor oil and filters," said Genovese. "Can we make this a national movement?"
For more information and to order Eco Ultra products, please visit www.universallubes.com or call 1.800.444.OILS.
About Universal Lubricants®
Founded in 1929, Universal Lubricants is a
driving force in used oil collection, base oil refining and
distribution. Through its Closed Loop Process, the company collects,
re-refines, blends and re-distributes its own engine oils and lubricants
-- never losing guardianship within the chain -- to ensure that every
quart is of the highest quality for optimal performance. Universal
Lubricants operates 36 facilities nationally, including one of the
world's most technologically advanced re-refineries in Wichita, Kansas. A
leader in research and development, Universal Lubricants is a Pegasus
Capital Advisors portfolio company and employs more than 465 workers.
For more information visit www.universallubes.com.
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