The latest product from Arnold Machine Inc., the FilterMatic, is able to separate the various components of an oil filter and allow them to be recycled separately.
Similar to the process of recycling electronics or other products made up of multiple materials, oil filters are not recycled as a whole product. FilterMatic allows an entire filter to be placed in the machine, which removes the steel base plate, crushes the steel filter and extracts any remaining oil.
Even if a filter is hot-drained, there will still likely be oil inside. Removal of the oil is generally required before the steel can be recycled as scrap metal. The FilterMatic uses eight tons of force to separate metal and oil.
“We designed FilterMatic as an extremely proactive solution to maximize the recycling potential for waste material that results from a typical oil change,” said Zach Arnold, president of Arnold Machine and FilterMatic.
“Even more, we see FilterMatic as a way for oil change operators to position themselves as environmentally responsible in light of greater consumer awareness and preference for ‘green’ companies.”
The FilterMatic will be marketed to car repair shops and quick lube operators, which are typically the locations that accept used filters for recycling. By reducing the cost and liability of oil filter recycling, the machine provides additional incentive for locations that accept used motor oil to also collect oil filters.
In Earth911′s recycling database, only 32 percent of the locations that currently accept motor oil from the public also accept filters.