Oil filter exchange program planned in Redlands
The city of Redlands has partnered with O’Reilly Auto Parts to encourage people to recycle used motor oil filters at a free event on Saturday.

Do-it-yourself auto enthusiasts may bring up to three used oil filters for recycling and exchange for new filters. In addition, a limited supply of items, including a free bucket, oil drain pan and oil filter wrench are available for participating in the recycling program.

The event, open to San Bernardino County residents only with valid ID or a utility bill for verification, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at O’Reilly Auto Parts, 515 Orange St., Redlands.

Filters and other gifts are available only at the Redlands store until 2 p.m. or while supplies last.

Filters should be allowed to drain for 12 hours and be transported in a non-leaking container or bag.

Used motor oil never wears out. It just gets dirty and can be recycled, cleaned and used again.

Recycling oil keeps it out of rivers, lakes, streams and ground water. Used oil from a single oil change (approximately four quarts of oil) can ruin a million gallons of water — a year’s supply for 50 people. Used oil poured down a sewer line can damage the city’s water treatment system, costing taxpayers money. Improper disposal of used oil is a crime.

Used motor oil can be transformed into new products, burned for heat or the production of asphalt or used in power plants to generate electricity. Burning just two gallons of used oil in a power plant can generate enough electricity to run an average household for 24 hours.

This program is funded by a grant from CalRecycle at no additional cost to the city of Redlands.

For more information about this event, call 909-382-5401 or 800-OILY-CAT (800-645-9228).

Source: City of Redlands

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