How to recycle used car oil?


There are more and more people who decide to do oil changes and certain repairs to their vehicle personally, but that does not exempt them from proceeding with an adequate recycling of this waste.

When a motorist decides to embark on the DIY trend (Do it yourselfDo It Yourself) with your car, it is important that you know, in addition to the steps you must follow to properly repair your car, what you should do with the parts you have decided to replace in order to do so safely and without negative effects on the environment.

The steps to follow are different depending on whether the repair carried out corresponds to a specific part or if the time has come to change the vehicle’s oil. From the online spare parts company Oscaro, they tell us what are the steps to follow once the task is completed.

used parts

In Spain, any citizen who repairs his car at home has two ways of recycling the spare parts he manufactures. In accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 20/2017, of January 20, on the management of vehicles at the end of their life, they can be brought to the Authorized Vehicle Processing Centers (CAT), also called disposal permitted. These depend on the General Directorate of Traffic, are distributed throughout the country and are responsible for carrying out the treatment of a vehicle when it has reached the end of its useful life, so they also collect used parts.

On the other hand, own recycling points which can be found in virtually every locality is another place where drivers can go with their small used parts such as batteries or oil filters. These are responsible for transporting them to the recycling centers so that they can proceed to their recycling, reuse or final disposal.

oil and lubricant

Replacing the oil in the car is an operation that requires more advanced knowledge. Additionally, it is important to note that high engine temperatures and pressures degrade the oil and lead to toxic substances and heavy metals. That is why this repair, in addition to requiring greater knowledge, involves the handling of a very polluting liquid that requires adequate recycling to avoid contaminating the environment.

Once the emptying has been carried out, it is essential collect used oil and take it to a clean point for recycling. From the clean points, they are responsible for sending it to the Waste Industrial Oil Management System in Spain (SIGAUS). Whether an expert, a workshop or the drivers carry out the repairs themselves, knowing where the next destination of this part of the vehicle will be is mandatory for make sure there is no negative effect for our environment.

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