Spokane City Fleet to Run on Re-refined Oil

Mar 17, 2010

Here’s a new idea for fleet sustainability… recycled motor oil.

City of Spokane officials recently announced that the city’s 1,400 vehicles will now be running on re-refined motor oil, a product made from waste oil, according to The Spokesman-Review.

The change is part of Mayor Mary Verner’s focus on environmental awareness.

Gene Jakubczak, Spokane’s fleet services director, said re-refined oil performs as well or better than motor oil made from virgin crude, and using it reduces U.S. reliance on foreign imports while conserving fossil fuels.

The city is paying 25 cents a gallon more for re-refined oil than for oil from virgin crude, “an extremely minimal hit in the scheme of things,” Jakubczak said.

The oil is being purchased from a local supplier through a contract negotiated by the state, the Spokesman-Review reported.