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Used Oil Management Program

Recycling your used motor oil is easy.
  1. Do not spill any oil on the ground.
  2. Put your used motor oil in a clean plastic container with a tight lid. Never store used oil in a container that once held chemicals, food, or beverages.
  3. Do not mix the oil with anything else, such as antifreeze, solvent, or paint.
  4. Take used motor oil to a service station or other location that collects used motor oil for recycling.
Public Service Campaign

The “You Dump It, You Drink It” campaign focuses on the proper management of used motor oil and includes a variety of free, printed information materials that are available in both Spanish and English.

Related Links

American Petroleum Institute Used Motor Oil Collection and Recycling Site Exit EPA

California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) Used Oil Recycling Program Exit EPA

Compliance Assistance Center for Auto Repair Exit EPA

Environmental Compliance for Auto Recyclers Exit EPA

Used oil is exactly what its name implies, any petroleum-based or synthetic that has been used. During normal use, impurities such as dirt, metal scrapings, water or chemicals, can get mixed in with the oil, so that in time, the oil no longer performs well. Eventually, this used oil must be replaced with virgin or re-refined oil to do the job correctly.

If you are one of the many people who change their own motor oil, you too need to know how to properly dispose of the used oil. Did you know that the used oil from one oil change can contaminate one million gallons of fresh water — a years’ supply for 50 people!

Oil Drop With Recycling Logo

On average, about four million people reuse motor oil as a lubricant for other equipment or take it to a recycling facility.

Become used motor oil recycler number four million and one!

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