AMSOIL PRESCRIPTION FOR PREVENTION
According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pollution Prevention Requirements, the first step in revitalizing a cleaner nation is pollutant source reduction. AMSOIL accomplishes this by extending the interval between
motor oil changes beyond 3,000 miles, which can reduce the source of motor oil pollution more than 11 times.
It is estimated that over 200 million gallons of oil are improperly discarded annually. Dumping 200 million gallons of oil is nearly the same as 1.5 Exxon Valdez spills each month. Just one quart of used oil can produce a two-acre oil slick. One gallon of oil can make one million gallons of water too foul to drink and 35 ppm of oil will kill fish. Improperly disposed used oil is dangerous. Improperly dumped used oil seeps through landfills into ground water, disrupts bacterial digestion in sewer treatment plants and washes into lakes and harbors. At present, used motor oil
is the largest single source of oil pollution in our nation’s waterways. Certainly the first thing we can do is not create so much used oil to begin with, and recycle the used oil we have. Both synthetic and conventional motor oils can be recycled at any used oil recycling center. Virtually every city in the United States has multiple used oil collection sites for free recycling.
PREVENTING BILLIONS OF QUARTS FROM BEING DUMPED
Most automobile manufacturers recommend oil drain intervals of 3,000 to 7,500 miles for petroleum motor oils. AMSOIL recommends up to a 35,000-mile oil change, which is 5 to 11 times fewer oil changes. Just think about the savings on the environment if, for example, the 243 million cars (excluding trucks, buses and taxis) in the United States were equipped with AMSOIL motor oil. Assuming an average service life of 100,000 miles and an oil capacity of 5 quarts each, 16.2 billion to 40.5 billion quarts of used oil will be generated during a regular service lifetime (with regular oil changes every 3,000 to 7,500 miles). If 40.5 billion quarts of used oil were put into 55-gallon barrels and lined up, the line would stretch from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. and back 12 times. Alternatively, if each of
those 243 million cars was equipped with AMSOIL synthetic motor oils and followed oil drain intervals of up to 35,000
miles, as few as 3.5 billion quarts of oil would be consumed in the same period. That is a reduction of up to 37 billion quarts of oil, just by switching to AMSOIL motor oils.
• Recycling just two gallons of used oil can generate
enough electricity to run the average household for
nearly 24 hours.
• Three states in the U.S. have classified used motor oil
as a hazardous waste: California, Rhode Island and
• The used oil from one oil change can contaminate 1
million gallons of fresh water – a year’s supply for 50
• If all Americans who changed their own oil recycled
their used oil, it would provide enough motor oil for
more than 50 million cars a year. Imagine how much
foreign oil that would eliminate.