Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Oil Recycling

Recycling in Wisconsin is fairly common and understood by most individuals when it comes to paper, metals, and plastic.  However, recycling petroleum products is less understood and sometimes confusing.  Each year a significant quantity of used oil is generated by individuals working on their cars or trucks at home.

Some individuals may be unfamiliar with the harm of throwing the used oil in the garbage, down a floor drain, or down a storm sewer drain.  One gallon of oil can contaminate a million gallons of water.  Our storm drains go to streams, rivers, Green Bay, and eventually Lake Michigan where we get our drinking water from.

Most automotive shops in the area will take your used motor oil, as well as the Village of Bellevue.  The Village provides a disposal tank located at 2828 Allouez Avenue for you to pour off your used oil.  Each year over 2000 gallons of oil are recycled at the facility. 

We do not accept oil filters.  Most Wal-Mart automotive centers accept filters.  It is illegal to throw oil filters in the garbage.  Help do your part to keep your waterways clean!