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Universal Lubricants

May 08, 2013 12:43 ET

Universal Lubricants Urges California Summit Attendees to Adopt Sustainable Motor Oil Recycling for a Zero Waste Future

Company's Four-Step Closed Loop Process Re-Refines Over 40 Million Gallons of Used Motor Oil Each Year

WICHITA, KS--(Marketwired - May 8, 2013) -  Leading the sustainable motor oil revolution, Universal Lubricants® Chief Marketing Officer Jan Horsfall urged attendees at this month's California Zero Waste Summit to adopt motor oil recycling to achieve a zero waste future.

The Zero Waste Summit, hosted in Los Angeles by Pegasus Capital Advisors and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, brought together nearly 100 public and private sector leaders to address the challenges and opportunities in working towards zero waste in the U.S.

In his remarks, Horsfall outlined Universal Lubricants' contributions toward a zero waste environment and highlighted how its closed loop process was already contributing by creating sustainable motor oils produced from re-refined base stock, like its Eco Ultra® product line, that are the right choice both environmentally and economically.

"When you consider that improperly disposing of one gallon of used oil can contaminate up to one million gallons of drinking water, you start to realize how big of a role recycling used oil can play in the health of our planet," said Horsfall.

"Our closed loop process is an infinitely repeatable, sustainable cycle in which waste oil can be used over and over again," Horsfall added. "We collect over 40 million gallons of used oil from across the country each year, recycle 99 percent of it after water is taken out, and return it to the marketplace in the form of high performance motor oils, engine oils and other byproducts. This safeguards more than 40 trillion gallons of drinking water a year, protects our environment and reduces our dependence on foreign oil."

The company also recycles used oil filters at its processing facilities in Monee, Ill. and Dallas, Texas, extracting the trapped oil for re-refining and recycling the crushed steel and shredded paper to make other products -- effectively closing the loop on oil filter disposal as well. The Car Care Council estimates that 50 percent of auto parts stores and repair shops will recycle used oil filters this year, keeping 160,000 tons of steel out of landfills. These infinitely repeatable closed loop cycles put Universal at the forefront of today's sustainability movement.

"There's no reason not to do this," Horsfall said. "It's good for business, good for the economy and great for the environment."

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About Universal Lubricants®
Founded in 1929, Universal Lubricants is a driving force in used oil collection, base oil refining and distribution. Through its closed loop process, the company collects, re-refines, blends and re-distributes its own engine oils and lubricants -- never losing guardianship within the chain -- to ensure that every quart is of the highest quality for optimal performance. Universal Lubricants operates 36 facilities nationally, including one of the world's most technologically advanced re-refineries in Wichita, Kansas. A leader in research and development, Universal Lubricants is a Pegasus Capital Advisors portfolio company and employs more than 465 workers. For more information visit

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