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Better World Club Encourages Businesses and Individuals in California to Back Senate Bill 916

Posted by: Noah Grunzweig @ March 12, 2014, 3:05 p.m.

California Senate Bill 916 Looks To Take Some of the Grease Out of American Politics...

OK, so maybe not politics, but out of your streets and waterways!

Better World Club supports CA SB 916


California State Senator, Lou Correa, has introduced a bill aimed at supporting the growth of cleaner energy technology and decreasing the environmental impact of local and state fleets. 

California currently requires local agencies to purchase, if the product meets specific conditions, lubricating oil and industrial oil that contain recycled oil. 

Senate Bill 916 would require local and state agencies to appropriate biosynthetic lubricating and industrial oils.

Read the full proposal for SB 916.

Used motor oil (new or recycled) is the largest volume of hazardous waste generated in California.  Approximately 60 million gallons of traditional oil are discarded, burned, or dripped into streets and parking lots every year.  An estimated 14 to 16 million gallons of motor oil are illegally dumped, ending up in rivers, streams, and lakes, degrading drinking water supplies, and adding to storm water and coastal pollution.

The biological components of biosynthetic motor oil are biodegradable, non-toxic and do not bio-accumulate in marine organisms.   Also, the bio-based component can be made from many renewable sources found in plant and animal oils, as well as algae.  High performing biosynthetic motor oils perform as well or better than many traditional oil blends and do not need to be changed as frequently as conventional lubricants, reducing the total amount of motor oil used over a vehicle’s useful life. 

Biosynthetic oil won’t solve mechanical or human failure, and biosynthetic oil will still have an environmental impact, but that impact is reduced when compared to traditional, non-bio based oils.

Better World Club believes SB 916 is a smart measure that addresses the state’s contribution to a largely ignored environmental problem (which shows leadership) and supports the development of cleaner and greener alternatives to oil.

Read the full proposal.

If you or your business would like to send a letter of support, please do so. To use a template of support, select one of the following:

Business (word document)

Environmental (word document)


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