Why Recycle Oil?
More than 3 billion quarts of oil are consumed by U.S. cars and trucks annually. By reclaiming that oil after use, it lessens our dependence on foreign oil, and assures that used oil doesn't damage the environment.
Disposing of used oil properly helps protect our local ecosystems by keeping used oil out of the soil and out of drinking water. Considering that just one gallon of used oil can contaminate up to one million gallons of water, it's essential to dispose of used oil the right way.
There's a lot of life left in used oil.
Finished motor oil is generally made from 85% base oil and 15% additives. The "oil part" of motor oil doesn't really wear out. As oil goes through the drain cycle in the engine, it's the additives that wear out. At the same time, contaminants like fuel, metals and sludge build-up in the oil. But the vast majority of oil molecules do not breakdown and are fully usable. The recycled oil in NextGen goes through a multi-stage refining process to remove contaminants and additives to create fresh base oil. Then Valvoline adds-in award-winning chemistry to create new oil performance that's 50% recycled.
Recycled oil is better for the environment
Recycled oil reduces impact on the environment vs. oils made without recycled content. The amount of energy used to find, drill, transport and refine crude oil is significant. Recycled oil eliminates or reduces many of these steps, and therefore has a smaller "carbon footprint," reduces energy consumption and lowers pollutants that contribute to climate change. Recycled oil also helps reduce the need for new drilling and crude refining, reusing what's already been pulled out of the ground.
Valvoline created NextGen to reduce impact on the environment without sacrificing performance
If people switch to NextGen, it would reduce the need for 1.6 billion quarts of oil. That's enough oil to stack barrels from New York to Los Angeles and back. Every year!