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CHIEF AUTO PARTS DRUMS UP A MILLION GALLONS IN USED MOTOR OIL RECYCLING EFFORT

             CHIEF AUTO PARTS DRUMS UP A MILLION GALLONS
                 IN USED MOTOR OIL RECYCLING EFFORT
    DALLAS, June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Chief Auto Parts and do-it- yourself mechanics have banded together to put a lid on the dumping of used motor oil, an effort that has resulted in the collection of a record 1 million gallons of used motor oil, expected to culminate Thursday, June 25.
    To curb the discarding of used motor oil on the ground, in household trash or in drain sewers, Chief's oil recycling program offers local residents who change their own oil a free and convenient alternative to safely dispose of used motor oil.
    Introduced as a pilot program more than two years ago, Chief attributes the success of the voluntary effort to the public's positive reaction to recycling and a consciousness to protect the environment.
    "We are extremely pleased with the public's participation in used motor oil recycling and have expanded the program to more than 210 locations across the country," said Michael Manor, Chief Auto Parts president and chief executive officer.  "At an average weekly collection rate of two-to-three drums per store, we anticipate this to be the first of many million-gallon milestones in the years ahead."
    Once collected, the majority of the used motor oil reclaimed at Chief is transported to a re-refinery which safely treats and processes the waste oil to produce new motor oil and asphalt products.
    Combined with keeping the used motor oil out of water supplies, this procedure saves energy and resources, compared to the production of virgin motor oil.
    Nationwide, recycling the estimated 120 million gallons of used motor oil discarded every year by "do-it-yourselfers" can save the United States 1.3 million barrels of oil per day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
    In addition to collecting used motor oil, Chief Auto Parts has joined in partnership with legislators, environmental organizations and national leaders in support of the Collins' bill.  The bill calls for the safe handling of used motor oil, an increase in recycling and the reduction of lead and other contaminants in used oil.
    Chief Auto Parts, one of the largest automotive replacement parts retailers, is based in Dallas, with more than 525 stores in California, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas.
    Information about local Chief Auto Parts recycling locations is available by calling toll free, 800-245-9000.
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    /CONTACT:  Amy Shearer or Bill Manassero of Bob Thomas & Associates, 310-314-6600, for Chief Auto Parts/ CO:  Chief Auto Parts ST:  Texas IN:  REA AUT SU: KJ-EH -- LA005 -- 3157 06/24/92 09:02 EDT
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