Facility protects environment, conserves resources by recycling,
re-refining used oil
EAST CHICAGO, Ind., Oct. 20 /CNW/ -- Recognizing the growing need for
recycling valuable resources and extending the life of oil products,
Safety-Kleen, Inc., today announced a significant expansion of its East
Chicago oil re-refinery.
The $15 million expansion project will increase the facility's production
capacity by 16 percent, from 60 million gallons in 2006 to 70 million gallons
annually, and will allow the company to re-refine an even greater amount of
the used oil it collects from its network of more than 110,000 locations
"Recycling is at the heart of America's green movement, and Safety-Kleen
is a leader in this field, recycling 80 percent of the liquid and solid
industrial wastes we collect each year for re-use or energy recovery," said
Safety-Kleen CEO and President Frederick J. Florjancic, Jr. "Our process for
re-refining used oil produces lubricants that meet the same quality standards
as new oil, but it does so using 50 to 80 percent less energy."
Florjancic said that by re-refining the used oil it collects,
Safety-Kleen prevents the emission of approximately 300,000 metric tons of
greenhouse gases that would be created if this oil was burned for its one-time
energy value -- equivalent to taking 200,000 cars off the road every year.
Today, Safety-Kleen is the largest recycler and re-refiner of used motor
oil in North America, collecting more than 200 million gallons of used motor
oil annually, and producing almost 100 million gallons of recycled base and
blended oils. Recycled motor oil from Safety-Kleen is used in official State
of Indiana vehicles, as well as by the U.S. military, the Chicago Transit
Authority and the U.S. Postal Service.
"In 1991 our capacity in East Chicago was 27 million gallons. By working
with our customers and the East Chicago community, we've experienced steady
growth over the years, and we've demonstrated to everyone that re-refining
used oil can play an important role in both environmental protection and
resource conservation," said Michael Ebert, vice president of Safety-Kleen's
U.S. re-refinery operations. "This expansion reinforces our commitment to
increasing the recycling of used motor oil and giving businesses the
opportunity to 'make green work' for them."
Ebert said that since April 1991, the East Chicago re-refinery has
recycled 1.6 billion gallons of used motor oil, representing a savings of 3.4
million tons of greenhouse gas emissions that would have been generated in
producing an equivalent amount of oil from crude using traditional refining
Safety-Kleen is a leading North American used oil recycling and
re-refining, parts cleaning and environmental solutions company, with
approximately 4,300 employees serving more than 330,000 customer locations in
the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Safety-Kleen provides a
broad set of environmentally-responsible products and services that keep North
American businesses in balance with the environment. For more information,
please visit http://www.safety-kleen.com.
For further information:
For further information: John Kyte, +1-972-265-2030, for Safety-Kleen,
Inc. Web Site: http://www.safety-kleen.com