County will recycle plastic oil containers |

County will recycle plastic oil containers

When it comes to automotive oil changes, lots of Nevada County do-it-yourselfers feel guilty.

They’re able to recycle the used oil they drain from their vehicles, but are forced to throw away the plastic, quart-sized containers in which the new motor oil comes.

“I get that all the time when people see me in public. ‘But what about my quart oil containers? I feel so guilty about throwing them in the trash,'” said Daria Kent, Nevada County pollution prevention program coordinator.

But that should change: the county plans to start recycling plastic quart oil containers this fall, thanks to a $151,000 state grant.

“What we’ll be doing is, setting up … a system where we will extract the oil and (grind up) the containers and send them off for recycling,” Kent said.

Do-it-yourselfers should be able to recycle used oil containers for curbside pick-up and at the McCourtney Road Transfer Station, Kent said. Recycling may also be allowed at mini-barns in supermarket parking lots in Grass Valley and Nevada City, she said.

Used oil containers can still hold up to two ounces of motor oil, she said. That can add up when you consider many people change their oil every 3,000 miles.

The state grant comes from a 4 cent tax on motor oil. The two-year grant also will pay for such things as a public education programs, promotion of re-refined oil, and school education programs.

Kent is known to many as “Franny the Filter.” She’s seen at the Nevada County Fair and other events dressed as a bright yellow oil filter with blue eyes, full red lips and silver go-go boots. Franny’s likeness can be seen on a Highway 49 billboard south of Grass Valley.

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