Everyone knows that you can recycle paper, plastic, and glass, but did you know that a lot of the fluids and parts on your automobile are also recyclable? At Fort Mill Ford we recycle everything from used motor oil, to batteries, to old tires! Did you know that about half of all automobile owners do most of their basic maintenance needs themselves? Unfortunately most don't know what on a automobile can be recycled, so they just toss it in to the trash can or pour the fluids on the ground! Listed below are the automotive parts and fluids that we can recycle for you at Fort Mill Ford. BRING USED MOTOR OIL, FILTERS, AND BATTERIES AND WE WILL RECYCLE THEM FOR YOU, FREE!! Motor Oil Fact: A single quart of motor oil, if disposed improperly, can contaminate up to 2,000,000 gallons of fresh water!
The fact is, motor oil never wears out, it just gets dirty! Oil can be recycled, refined, and used again which reduces the need to import oil! The majority of recycled oil is reused for fuel in furnaces, turbines, power plants, and other manufacturing plants to create hear and electricity.
Just 2 gallons of oil can create enough electricity to:
Power a home for 1 day.
Cook 48 meals in a microwave.
Blow dry a person's hair at least 216 times.
Watch TV for 7.5 days straight!! That's 180 hours!!
Oil Filters Fact: Recycling 1 ton of oil filters yields 1700 pounds of steel, 30 gallons of motor oil, and saves 10 cubic yards of land fill space! What exactly is an oil filter made of? An oil filter consist of 3 basic items, paper, steel, and plastic, which all can be broken down and recycled. A properly drained oil filter can contain up to 1/2 a cup of motor oil, which could pollute up to 31,250 gallons of water! Automobile Batteries Fact: About 60 percent of the world's lead comes from car batteries! Never throw a battery in the trash! Automotive batteries contain high amounts of lead which are highly toxic. Sulfuric acid electrolyte, a highly corrosive poison that produces flammable and toxic gases that can explode, is contained deep within these batteries. New lead-acid batteries are now composed of 60-80 percent recycled lead and plastic!
Engine Coolant Fact: As antifreeze biodegrades in water, it lowers the level of dissolved oxygen and kills aquatic like! Waste antifreeze may contain heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, and chromium in high enough levels to make it a regulated waste. A hazardous waste may never be dumped on land or discharged into a sanitary sewer, storm drain, ditch, dry well, or septic system. ****Antifreeze has a sweet taste to it, which makes it enticing and potentially deadly to animals and children.****
It is estimated that only 12% of all waste antifreeze in the US is actually recycled, where is the rest going? Tires
Fact: Tires stockpiles are breeding grounds for vermin. Tires collect large pools of water, which create the perfect atmosphere for mosquitoes, which carry diseases like encephalitis, dengue fever, and Tires are viewed as one of the most problematic sources of waste! It is estimated that around 9% of tires are disposed of properly. Due to the durability of tires, they do not break down easily. Their durability is also a plus because it makes it even easier to reuse and recycle them. We do charge a $3 disposal fee per tire.
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