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Oil Filter and Absorbent Recycling Took Effect January 1, 2011

2009 Wisconsin Act 86 took effect on New Year’s Day and created a recycling requirement for used oil filters and oil absorbents. Those who change their own oil or clean up after a non-routine spill are exempt from this requirement. Recycling oil filters and absorbents increases protection of groundwater and reduces the need for crude oil. The DNR released the following facts that the recycling of oil filters and absorbents will affect:

 • Each year, Wisconsinites throw away an estimated 187,000 gallons of oil in used oil filters and 1.6 million gallons of oil in oil absorbents.

• Recycling the approximately 9 million oil filters that now go to Wisconsin landfills would return over 4.5 million pounds of steel to the marketplace annually.

• It takes 42 gallons of crude oil, but only one gallon of used oil to produce 2.5 quarts of new, high-quality lubricating oil.

• A single gallon of used oil, if improperly managed, has the potential to contaminate up to one million gallons of drinking water.

For more information about the new recycling requirement, click the link provided.