Waste oil is generated from automotive and industrial sources at the rate of approximately 1,100,000,000 gallons each year. Although this amounts to somewhat less than 1 percent of the Nation's annual petroleum consumption, it does equate, nevertheless, to more than 70,000 barrels of oil per day, or 7 percent of the President's energy conservation goal for 1975. Although dirty and contaminated, waste oil has high energy value and is composed almost entirely of ''lube oil fractions,'' a small but valuable portion of a barrel of crude oil. It can be re-refined into good lubricating oil or used as a feedstock in the manufacture of other petroleum products. In industrial applications it can be reclaimed to nearly original quality by off-the-shelf equipment. It can be reprocessed to clean fuel oil and, under special conditions, can be burned safely untreated. Yet today, as much as 50 percent of all waste oil generated in this country is lost from a resource recovery point of view. Although this loss is primarily related to the adverse economics of various collection and recovery systems, especially in rural areas, the Federal Energy Administration (FEA) believes that better waste oil recovery is possible without Federal subsidization, and regards this objective as an important opportunity for energy conservation. FEA has developed and begun to implement a waste oil recovery program. This program has been designed to encourage greater waste oil collection and re-use, through state and local action, and public and industrial education programs. This Fact Sheet summarizes the issues, presents the results of federal research, states FEA's position on these issues, and outlines the elements of the waste oil conservation program.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Energy Administration

    12th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20461

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Publication Date: 1976-6

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  • Pagination: 16 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00181084
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM