SOLID WASTE

 

Tens of Millions of Tons End Up in Landfills Due to Small Gas Engine Operation for Lawn and Garden Industry

About 400 million quarts of motor oil are sold in California each year. According to Ken Hatch, president of Green Flame Services of Modesto, CA, one of two firms that specialize in oil container recycling in that state, an “empty” plastic quart container of motor oil typically contains between one to two ounces of residual oil.  When discarded, these 400 million containers would therefore contain more than 3 million gallons of residual oil. These contaminated and unrecyclable plastic containers are usually dumped in landfills, where the containers may leak. In Connecticut most of these containers would be burned at resource recovery facilities. AGZA has determined that eliminating the need to use oil at all will reduce the amount of plastic deposited in landfills or being burned in resource recovery facilities.
 

ANNUAL MAINTENANCE 

ON AVERAGE, THE MANUFACTURER’S RECOMMENDED ANNUAL MAINTENANCE ON A COMMERCIAL GAS POWERED LAWN MOWER INCLUDES:

  • 6 Quarts of Motor Oil
  • 2 Air Filters
  • 1 Spark Plug
  • 1.5 Gaskets
  • All of which eventually end up in a land fill
     

SHOPPING LIST

The following is a shopping list provided by Family Handyman that the owner of a residential lawn mower would need to do a tune up:

  • Fresh gas
  • New oil 
  • New oil filter
  • New spark plug
  • New air filter
  • Small plastic bag
  • Old gas container
  • Old oil container
  • Container of water

Full article at FamilyHandyman.com
 



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