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Oil filter recycling laws to take effect in February

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Beginning Feb. 4, 2009, retailers selling oil filters in Iowa will be required to accept used oil filters from customers or post notice of the nearest location where used oil filters are accepted for recycling.

Businesses or individuals who collect used oil filters from consumers are required to separate the used oil filters from other solid waste for recycling.

"Recycling used oil filters provides a number of benefits to Iowans. Several ounces of used oil can remain in used oil filters even after being properly drained," said Tom Anderson, DNR environmental specialist.

Recovering used oil removes it from the environment where it could possibly contaminate water and land resources. Recycling steel from oil filters conserves natural resources and assists with Iowa's energy independence goals.

"Many businesses have been recycling their used oil filters for some time. This new law will capture thousands of additional gallons of used oil and several of tons of steel for recycling," said Anderson.

Changes to Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 119 were approved by the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) on Dec. 9, 2008 and will become effective Feb. 4, 2009.

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