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Disposal Options for Household Motor Oil

Used motor oil recycling

Service stations offering oil changing services, specialty oil changing service facilities and auto parts retailers may accept up to 5 gallons of uncontaminated used motor oil for recycling as a service to their customers.  Some county maintenance yards will accept limited quantities of uncontaminated used oil from residents of their county.  Always call first before bringing oil to a potential recycling site.  Please do not abuse these resources by abandoning used oil or other wastes at these facilities after hours or you may be charged with illegal disposal.  Used motor oil can't be disposed of in the trash. 


Disposal of used oil filters

Well-drained oil filters can be disposed of in the trash.  As a practical matter, if the oil filter drips used oil when you pick it up, it hasn’t been properly drained.  Puncturing the filter dome or anti-flowback valve, crushing, or dismantling the filter will facilitate removing as much of the free oil as possible.  Oil removed from a filter should be saved and recycled with the rest of your used oil.


These procedures are intended for small quantities of used motor oil and filters from a household only.