Re-refined Motor Oil

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Consumer, Industrial

Cost Savings

The price of re-refined oil is comparable to virgin oil. In some cases, it costs less.

 

Environmental & Health Information

Buying re-refined oil is better for the environment since it closes the recycling loop and reduces dependence on imported oil.

 

Criteria for Re-refined Motor Oil

Info on this product category: Motor/Engine Oil (Re-refined)

Criteria for Motor/Engine Oil (Re-refined)

Motor/engine oil must contain a minimum of 75% re-refined base stock (unless the products falls under one of the exceptions contained in this document).  Bidders must identify the manufacturer which is providing re-refined base stock and include in their response to the RFR, a letter from said manufacturer certifying the actual re-refined content and that all re-refined base stock meets all requirements of this RFR. 

The only exceptions are:

  1. 5W20, which City staff can use on a Limited Use basis.  Thus, a re-refined base with a minimum of 50% re-refined base stock is desirable, but not required.  
  2. 5W30 oil, where the base stock must be a minimum of 50% re-refined.  
  3. It is desirable that the vendor offers a closed-loop system wherever possible and feasible for collecting used motor oil for the sole purpose of recycling the product into new motor oil.  

Last updated

Last updated: 
November 27, 2019

Guide for City Staff

Recycling Instructions

It's illegal to trash cleaners (and other chemicals, electronics, lighting, metal, paints). So do one of the following:

  • Use what you already have. 
  • Give them to someone who needs them.
  • Legally and safely dispose them. Post this recycling poster above each trash bin. Then get a pick up.

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