Did You Know…
Refining used oil is an energy efficient and environmentally
beneficial process. During the process, the contaminants within
the used oil are removed. Lubricating additives that were
depleted during use are added back into the oil.
Modern re-refining processes have evolved considerably from
methods used even as recently as 20 years ago. Methods used back
then could not always remove the impurities. This resulted in
the misconception that all re-refined oils are inferior to
virgin oils. The results of
research studies conducted comparing re-refined and virgin oils have consistently
indicated that re-refined oils performed as well or better than
virgin oils. And the price for re-refined oil is very competitive
with that for virgin oil.
Unlike some products, oil is not “used up,” nor does it
wear out. It does gather impurities during its use in an engine.
By removing these impurities, re-refining helps extend the
life of the original oil many times over. In fact, re-refining
takes only one-third the energy used in obtaining the virgin oil
from the crude stock. Moreover, it takes just one gallon of used
oil, compared with 42 gallons of crude oil, to produce the same
2.5 quarts of lubricating oil. As such, it is an excellent way
to conserve virgin, nonrenewable petroleum resources without
compromising quality or increasing spending. It also helps
to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. As a renewable resource, re-refined
oil represents a more environmentally responsible choice.