December 24th , 2013 10:00 am Leave a comment

Recycled oil yields warmth, savings

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Carter Countians who have taken used oil to the county recycling center and landfill might not realize they’re keeping workers at those facilities warm this winter.

Photo by Brandon Hicks  The oil burner that was installed at the Carter County Recycle Center.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
The oil burner that was installed at the Carter County Recycle Center.

“We burn it for heating,” said Benny Lyons, Carter County Landfill director. “We use the oil to heat our landfill garage and recycle building.”

That puts Carter County ahead of a recycling initiative that has the state handing out more than $444,000 this year.

While about 30 Tennessee cities and counties are receiving Used Motor Oil Collection grants this year, Carter County is not one of them.

The reason, Lyons said, is that the county began recycling used motor oil last year through the grant program.

“We got two oil burners last year,” Lyons said. “One was for the recycle center and the other is for the landfill garage.”

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