Used oil filters are a big NO NO for landfills. Since they contain two non-renewable resources, steel and oil, it is imperative that they be recycled. Steel is the number one recycled material in North America, which is good, because it is one of the only materials that can be recycled without downgrading its integrity. Recycled steel is used to make cars, cans, appliances, and construction materials. The Steel Recycling Institute estimates that if all the oil filters sold annually in the United States were recycled, enough steel would be recovered to build 16 new stadiums the size of Atlanta’s Olympic Stadium–that’s 160,000 tons of steel
If you service your own vehicle’s oil–great! Maintaining your vehicle offers a great sense of empowerment and helps you be in control of your transportation needs. But what are you doing with that used oil filter? If you’re thinking, “well I throw it away”–shame on you! Just kidding.
But seriously. Do good to our planet and everyone on it and recycle your used oil filters. Our shop recycle bin always has room for more. Bring us your used oil filters and we’ll recycle them for you (a pretty cool incentive for taking care of the place we call home!)
Oh yeah, and happy Earth Day from everyone here at your home shop!