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Hazardous Waste Warning

Wastes in this section are dangerous to you and the environment. Handle them carefully and dispose of them properly. Legally, households may not transport more than 15 gallons of wet or 125 pounds of dry hazardous materials. Read about the regulation.

Motor Oil

It's the stuff that keeps our engines running smooth. Because it gets dirty though — picking up heavy metals and other gunk along the way — motor oil needs to be routinely replaced. If you change your own oil, make sure to store it properly and bring it to a collection center in your neighborhood (check the list below).

What type of container should I use?

The best way to store and transport your oil is to use a container specifically designed for the job. Oil collection containers, or "drainer" containers, are made from durable plastic (often using post-consumer recycled content!) and have secure, tight-fitting lids. Many of the collection sites listed below provide free containers for the public. Contact our staff to find out where you can get one.

Is it okay if the oil is mixed with other automotive fluids?

No! You should never mix your motor oil with any fluids. Even water will cause the oil to be non-recyclable. If you goofed up and accidentally combined your oil with something else, you'll need to take it to a hazardous waste collection facility. Make sure to tell the staff what's in the mix.

What about oil filters?

Don't forget your filters! They can also be recycled at a local collection center. Check out our Motor Oil Filters page for more info.

Can I recycle my empty oil bottles?

Yes! As long as you've kept the bottles turned upside down for a while to drain any remaining oil from the containers, you can put them in your recycling bin.

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