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NORA Re-Refiners featured in ILMA Compoundings Magazine

Tuesday, August 8, 2017  
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The Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA) recently invited NORA to draft an article for their Compoundings Magazine. ILMA is the voice of companies that produce more than a quarter of the nation's lubricants and three-quarters of its metalworking fluids for customers who use their products to improve performance and increase efficiency.

NORA’s article entitled “NORA Members Responsible Recycle Used Oil: Great for Engines, Equipment and the Environment.” The primary message of the piece was that the vast majority of providers of advanced processors of used oil are NORA members.

One section of the article stated, “Members of ILMA that require quality base oils to manufacture quality lubricant products have come to rely on NORA re-re ning members. When an ILMA member uses re-refined base oils from a NORA member, it is choosing to manufacture an environmentally beneficial and sustainable product. For each gallon of used oil that is re-refined and utilized as a base lubricant, an ILMA member is helping conserve renewable resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect water quality and lessen dependence on foreign oil. The re-refined base oils used by ILMA members are proven to be great for engines, equipment and the environment.”

NORA Members Responsibly Recycle Used Oil: Great for Engines, Equipment and the Environment
By Scott D. Parker

In 1984, four used-oil recycling companies came together to form the National Oil Recyclers Association (NORA) to oppose the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) effort to classify used oil as a hazardous material. NORA argued that used oil could be beneficially reused if responsibly recycled. NORA’s efforts were successful and led to the creation of EPA’s used oil management standards and the growth of quality products made with used oil.

Today, NORA continues to defend the rights of its members to responsibly recycle used oil and related materials. Each year, NORA members collect and process over a billion gallons of used oil and related materials. Depending on the processing technology, used oil-derived products include recycled fuel oil, marine diesel oil, vacuum gas oil and base oils, among other products.

Over the last 10 years, there has been a major expansion of North America’s advanced used-oil processing. As of 2017, there are 22 advanced used-oil processing facilities in North America with a processing capacity of 625 million gallons annually. Out of the 22 facilities, 13 are producing Group I, II, II+ and/or III base oils with an annual processing capacity of 340 million gallons (these companies are often referred to as re-refiners)....

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