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Chevron Press Release - Chevron Expands Test Recycling Program

SAN RAMON, Jan. 28, 1994 -- After completing a successful pilot program at retail stations in parts of Oregon and Washington, Chevron's Northwest Marketing region is expanding its recycling test project to include used motor oil plastic bottles from the public.

The second phase of the test will begin Feb. 1, with 70 participating Chevron stations in the Portland, Ore. metropolitan area and along Interstate 5 from Vancouver, Wash., to Eugene, Ore. acting as the collection sites for empty plastic oil bottles used by those who service their cars at home.

The public is encouraged to bring in empty plastic motor oil bottles (Chevron's and others), which will be collected by PARTEK Corp., a Vancouver-based plastics recycler. Since 1987, PARTEK has pioneered plastic recycling in the Pacific Northwest.

PARTEK has been collecting used Chevron oil bottles generated at those Chevron service stations participating in the first phase of the test. During the initial 20-week pilot program, participating dealers recycled more than 194,000 used bottles. Of that number, 144,000 Chevron blue quart bottles will be blended to produce more than 2.7 million new Chevron blue quart bottles.

PARTEK collects bottles from each station on a weekly basis and then sorts them by color. The bottles are drained of residual oil and then ground for further recovery/processing. The clean blue granulate is blended with other recycled plastic to produce post consumer resin (PCR) pellets. The PCR pellets are then mixed with new resin to produce Chevron blue quart bottles (25 percent PCR and 75 percent new resin).

"We are extremely pleased with the results of the pilot program," said Ray Airone, marketing manager for Chevron in the participating areas of Washington and Oregon.

"By participating in this program, the public can safely dispose of used bottles, and reduce the amount of solid waste," said Airone. "In addition, there is the extra benefit of conserving natural resources by recycling used plastic bottles and producing new ones for future use.

"Chevron dealers have been enthusiastic about participating in this program," Airone said.

Chevron will be evaluating the results of the two-part test program to determine if recycling of this kind is feasible for the Northwest Region as a whole and possibly throughout the Chevron service-station network.

The company will not be accepting used oil as part of this program. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recommends that the best way to dispose of used oil is to pour it into transparent, unbreakable containers with screw-on lids, seal the containers tightly and place along with other curbside recycled items, or take to a recycling drop-off center.

Do not pour used motor oil down sinks, storm drains or ditches, as the oil will spread and pollute waterways, Chevron and the DEQ cautions.

Properly dispose of the used motor oil and take the empty plastic oil bottles to a participating Chevron dealer to be recycled.

Updated: January 1994