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Exxon Starts Oil Recycling Program

October 2, 1991

HOUSTON (AP) _ About 3,000 Exxon Co. U.S.A. service stations nationwide will collect and recycle used motor oil in a program to begin in November, company officials said.

Exxon, the nation’s biggest oil company, said its program is similar to one begun by Mobil Corp. nationwide and by other large oil companies on a regional or test basis.

Participating dealers will allow do-it-yourself oil changers to dispose free up to five gallons of used motor oil per visit, no matter where it was purchased, Exxon said Wednesday.

All company-operated stations with service bays will participate and independent Exxon dealers with service bays will be invited to participate, Exxon said.

″Exxon encourages people who change their own oil to help reduce pollution and to conserve energy by taking their used oil to Exxon for recycling,″ said Gord Thomson, Exxon’s vice president for marketing.

Exxon conducted pilot programs to collect used oil at service stations in Baton Rouge, La. and Richmond, Va., and got a good response from the public and the gas stations, Thomson said.

Exxon, which already recycles motor oil that its employees change, pays contractors about 10 cents a gallon to pick up the used oil.

″You can either blend it with other commercial oil and use it as an industrial grade fuel oil, or it can be re-refined and used as a lubricant oil,″ Exxon spokesman Henry Beathard said. ″You can remove the impurities and bring it back to a quality oil.″

Exxon thinks it will recycle 2 million gallons in the first year, Beathard said.

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