Video: A fun lesson on recycling motor oil underscores a serious threat to clean drinking water

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LatinaLista — Most people know that recycling is good for the environment but there’s always confusion as to what should be recycled. One of those things is motor oil.

To save money in this tight economy, some people may opt to change their car’s old motor oil on their own. Who hasn’t seen a car jacked up in the driveway with a pan filled with dark, gooey liquid beside it. It used to be, and still is, that the old oil would be poured into a can and tossed in the garbage, or worse, directly dumped into the sewer. No thought given to recycling it. After all, it’s used oil.

Well, thanks to the Green Ninja, we learn that motor oil can indeed be recycled and must be since motor oil is a form of water pollution and even driveway leak stains eventually journey into our water systems.

One gallon of motor oil can contaminate one million gallons of drinking water

Created by Dr. Eugene Cordero, associate professor of the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science at San Jose State University, Green Ninja is a way to reach young people and educate them, in a fun way, about what they can do to create a cleaner and healthier environment.

However, some of his lessons, like this one, are pointedly directed at adults.

There are some lessons that need to be learned by all and can’t wait for the next generation to grow up to start doing.

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