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In Alaska the Exxon Valdez spilled 11.4 million gallons of oil. Each year in Iowa, we have our own "oil spill," of more than 4.6 million gallons. Do-it-yourselfers toss used oil in the trash, pour it on the ground or dump it down storm sewers, where it travels into our water supplies.

Improper disposal of oil means money out of your pocketbook. You can end up paying higher consumer prices and taxes for environmental cleanups.

  • Recycle your used oil.
  • Put used oil in a clean plastic container (such as a milk jug) with a tight lid.
  • Take it to a location that collects used oil for recycling. Call local officials or the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for information on sites.(515)281-IDNR
  • Start a used oil drop-off site in your community. Local officials or the DNR can help you.
ALL RETAILERS who sell motor oil are required to take it back for recycling or to have posted near the oil, a sign indicating a location for recycling. You may obtain the names of possible disposal points by calling 234-8115.

If you need to have your motor oil changed, it is suggested that you have it changed by a firm or service that will recycle the oil. If you choose to change your own oil, it is suggested that you purchase it from one of the firms that will allow you to return your used oil. Remember that the oil must not be mixed with other materials such as fuel additives, solvents or antifreeze. You may obtain the names of possible disposal points by calling 234-8115.

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