Aiken Electric Cooperative has a program to help you dispose of the used motor oil the right way. Our Give Oil for Energy Recovery (GOFER) program is a joint effort with Santee Cooper to keep oil out of our precious soil and water supplies.
• cook 48 meals in the microwave oven;
• blow-dry your hair 216 times;
• vacuum your house for 15 months;
• or watch TV for 180 hours.
The program, begun in 1990 as an Earth Day project with three collection sites, has grown to include more than 500 do-it-yourselfer sites and about 2,000industries, commercial operations and farms. So far,GOFER has collected more than 14.5 million gallons of used oil. This was converted into enough electricity to provide power for approximately 1,350,000 average-sized homes for one month.
Aiken Electric takes pride in turning used oil from do-it-yourselfers and businesses into electricity for you and your neighbors – and protecting our environment.
1. Drain the oil into a suitable container, no larger than five gallons, such as a large plastic jug with a tight-fitting cap.
2. Use a funnel to keep oil from spilling and to keep the container clean.
3. Take the used oil to the nearest GOFER station.
4. GOFER tanks at Aiken Electric Cooperative’s offices are locked when full. The oil will be collected within five working days.
•Don’t leave oil filters at the collection station.
• Don’t leave full containers at the collection station.
• Do reuse your used oil containers if possible. Never dispose of them at the collection station.
• Do pour oil carefully into collection tanks to minimize spillage.
• Do help keep your GOFER station clean.
• Aiken Electric Cooperative, Edgefield District Office,Highway 25 Bypass, Edgefield (in front of parking lot)
• Aiken Electric Cooperative, North District Office,8381 North Road, North (at employee entrance)