Used Oil Disposal – Doing it Right!

Used Oil Disposal

Used motor oil is a very dangerous polluting product when it’s not disposed of in the right way. So, handling Used Oil Disposal in the right way is important to the environment!

Unfortunately, a large percentage of used oil is handled improperly. Some is emptied in to sewers for going directly into water waste, adversely affecting water treatment plants. Some is dumped directly on to the ground to kill weeds or is poured on to dirty roads or is dumped in deserts, where it can contaminate both the surface and ground water resources. On top of the environmental impacts, disposing of used oil in this way is also illegal.

Used Oil Disposal Starts with Collection!

When doing your own oil changes at home, be sure to collect your used oil as completely as possible. Place a tarp or cloth on the ground under the vehicle to collect any stray splashes or drips, then place the drain pan on top of the tarp.


Once collected, you’ll need a relatively clean, water-tight container to store your oil in until it can be disposed of. An old (empty) 5qt jug, or a purpose-built oil storage container is ideal. Use your tarp and a funnel to transfer your oil from the drain pan you used to collect it, into this storage container.

Disposal and Recycling

Almost all types of waste oil have the potential to be recycled safely, saving a precious non-renewable source and at the same time minimizing environmental pollution.

Most automotive parts stores, and service facilities (including Ed’s BnB Auto Repair in Mesa, AZ) will accept smaller quantities (a few gallons or less) of used oil for disposal & recycling.

Specialized businesses, such as southwest oil recovery are another option for recycling used oil, especially in larger quantities.

Earth 911: If you aren’t able to find a waste oil collection site near you, Earth 911 may be able to assist in your search.

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