The City of St. Augustine Beach Public Works Facility now accepts used motor oil. Citizens may drop off their used motor oil in a sealed container to the Public Works Department at 2055 Mizell Road.
Here's what you need to know.
- Motor oil must be 'clean' (not contaminated with other products).
This includes paint. Contaminated motor oil cannot be accepted, although you should call to find
a location that will safely dispose of your contaminated oil in the event that you have
accidentally mixed products.
Motor oil must be in a sturdy sealed container.
A Ziploc would not be sturdy in this case.
Oil filters are accepted.
However, they must be in a sealed Ziploc bag, stored seperate from the used motor oil.
Motor oil is accepted at the Public Works Department
Monday - Friday from 10am - 2pm. You must call before bringing your oil (904)471-1119.
This is for your benefit, to ensure that employees are on-site to unload the oil and assist you.
Information about used motor oil:
The damage used oil causes comes from mismanagement.
Re-refining used oil takes only about one-third the energy of refining crude oil to lubricant
If all used oil improperly disposed of were recycled, it could produce enough energy to power
360,000 homes each year, or could provide 96 million quarts of high quality motor oil.
One gallon of used oil used as fuel contains about 140,000 BTU of energy.
One gallon of used oil from a single oil change can ruin a million gallons of fresh water - a
year's supply for 50 people.
Concentrations of 50 to 100 parts per million (ppm) of used oil can foul sewage treatment
Films of oil on the surface of water prevent the replenishment of dissolved oxygen, impair
photosynthetic processes, and block sunlight.
Oil dumped onto land reduces soil productivity
- Toxic effects of used on freshwater and marine organisms vary, but significant long-term effects have been found at concentrations of 310 ppm in several freshwater fish species, and as low as 1 ppm in marine life forms.