For more than two decades, the City of College Station has operated an unmanned, always open, do-it-yourself recycling center for used motor oil and filters. When this public facility opened in the early 1990s behind the College Station Police Department, it was the only one of its kind in the area.
In its existence, the facility has collected more than 45,000 gallons of used motor oil. Regrettably, that’s not all that’s been poured into the collection tanks.
Since the center is unmanned, it’s become a go-to spot for illegal dumping and improper disposal of household hazardous wastes such as paints, mystery chemicals and acids. This misuse has created health and environmental hazards, not to mention unnecessary cleanup costs and a loss of revenue due to contaminated oil.
Since several area businesses now operate manned oil and filter recycling facilities, the city has decided to permanently close the Used Motor Oil/Filter Public Recycling Center on July 31.
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