I remember the dudes in my hood used to pour it into the storm sewers.
I can remember my dad pouring the old oil along the fence line to keep the weeds from growing. Problem was, it always looked black and oily, a very unpleasant look
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The oil came from the ground right?
I also remember how difficult it used to be to find a shop to take the used motor oil.
I always did my own oil changes, and most gas stations/auto parts stores wanted nothing to do with it.
That changed when recycling became more commonplace, and shops could make a few $ on a drum of the stuff.
When I started my auto repair business in 82, "Mr. Mud Hog" would come by and suck all the used oil out of our big tank. I got paid every time.
Now, my brother (who still has the business) has to pay to have it hauled off.
Fortunately, for me, the local auto parts stores, as well as WalMart, will let me dispose of it for free. I can take up to four gallons a week to any one of three locations.
Since I regulary change oil on 20+ cars, it is a good thing I have some place to recycle. I don't think the little gravel hole in post #1 could keep up.
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I can drop my waste fluids off at the township maintenance department about 10 blocks from my house.
A dude at work is retiring and moving to Virginia "where everyone votes for Trump, there ain't no laws, and there ain't no dang recycling!" he claims.
He showed me pics of his new house and property and I was wondering what all those bare patches in his lawn with gravel in them were all about........
Seriously though, oil is a tough problem when you have about 15 pieces of equipment running, Where does that oil go? Now remember, each piece of equipment is going to hold a minimum of 10 gallons plus of oil. Now add Hydraulic Fluid, A quick 15 gal minium, 1 piece of equipment.
My son is going to bring me my operator manual, when he get back from the store so I can tell you what I use so you can know.
I had a neighbor who had a very unusual way of disposing of his. He dumped his in a 5 gal container and painted his wooden trailer with it, 2 or more times he (I) changed his used car oil. So oil is a great concern for farmers. Btw, I have some really neat pictures of what he Farms with, if I can find the cord to offload my phone to the P .C. Tomorrow is another "Town" day as I have 3 vehicles to get inspected. So I'm off to clean up my mess, colatte my "stuff" and I can upload what I use to farm, if any one is interested.Take care Jarrell
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This thread made me think about some thing I did with my original 73 GT around 1975. I had bought it new and was trying to maintain it the best I could. Things like change the Oil religiously at 3000 mi, flush and fill radiator yearly and use carb cleaner about every 5th tank. Also sprayed down outside of carb about twice a year. Anyway, around January of that year I was living in Terre Haute IN and was offered a chance to work in Las Vegas NV. Before leaving T.H. in my GT I picked up 3 QT's of oil a filter and a bottle of STP. My brother and I drove straight thru for 30 Hours stopping only to eat, fill up, and do our business. The only exception to this was when we pulled to the shoulder of the road in New Mexico and dropped the oil and filter, installed new filter and added oil and STP which came to about 3 and 1/4 QT. Probably spend a night in jail if caught doing that now.
As is the case with Gordo, I used to take my waste oil (and anit-freeze) to my town's collection center. Unfortunately, one of the local idiots decided he could dump some excess gasoline into the tank and apparently this makes the oil useless to whoever was collecting it from the town. The town had to pay somebody to take it. Then it happened again, a week later. With that, the town shut down its waste oil collection, along with anti-freeze. So now its off to WallyMart or AutoZone or Advance or whoever. And the 4-gal-per-drop is a bit of a pain.
Gee, I never knew that WallyMart accepted used automotive fluids. I've never seen this service advertised. Maybe they do or don't do it in New Jersey.
Whoever it was must have put a lot of gas in the waste oil. Here is an add for a waste oil heater that says it will take up to 30% by volume of gas in waste oil. (The concern that I have found is over possible explosions in waste oil burners.)
I worked at a MB repair shop in college. One day the boss is pissed off, because our oil supplier started to charge for taking away the used oil.
His wife told him, let the college kid take a crack at this. I found a new supplier of QuakerState oil (at a lower price per drum), they gave us a new oil tank and paid us for the used oil.
The next week pay check comes around and no bonus. I ask him, how about a little something, you know, for the effort. And he says to me, There won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness. So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.
Oklahoma Opel Preservation Society
Many states mandate that sellers of oil must take used oil for free. I know this is true in Virginia and New York.
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1973 Opel GT project car - Plans: 2.5L CIH, Weber 38 DGAS, Getrag 240, Lowered 1", Watts link, exterior color - Rainforest Green Pearl, interior color - tan
oh my! my old neighbor use to leave his radiator fluid out for the feral cats in the area strange there not around anymore
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