Public Works - Solid Waste Division
How to Recycle Used Motor Oil
motor oil into a drain pan. Clean up spills with
an absorbent material such as cat litter or saw dust. Any
absorbent material containing motor oil must be disposed
of at a HHW disposal facility. DO NOT hose down
your work area
a funnel, pour your used oil into the original container
or reusable clean plastic container with a tight-fitting
screw-top lid. Do not contaminate used motor oil
with other automotive fluids. Place used oil filter
in a sealed, leak-proof plastic bag.
your oil for one last drive to a recycling center (call
1-800-CLEANUP to locate the nearest center), or place
on the curb and call for pick-up.
Remember to recycle your used oil filter!
What You Should Know About Used Motor Oil
Over 17% of the nation's automobile oil is changed by "do-it-yourselfers".
These patrons generate at least 200 million gallons of used
motor oil every year, and over 90% is improperly disposed
of. Only 10% of this waste oil is properly recycled. The
dumped on the ground, in storm drains or is thrown in the
You should know...
• It is a crime to dump used oil
• Used motor oil is insoluble and contains toxic chemicals
• Used oil kills plant and aquatic life
• One pint of used oil can create an acre-sized oil slick on