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F.A.Q. Motor Oil and Filters

The MCMUA operates one of NJ's most comprehensive household hazardous waste (HHW) programs. This F.A.Q. page and information on hazardous materials is intended as a guide about HHW materials as well as the MCMUA's HHW program. This information is a general guide and does not constitute official rule, regulation or law.

Hazards

  • Oil is toxic to fish and other animals and plants.
  • One quart of oil can contaminate a million gallons of drinking water.
  • Undrained oil filters can contain up to 12 ounces of motor oil.
     

Handling

  • Collect oil in a clean container with screw cap, such as the original container or clean, labeled plastic jug. Do not mix oil with any other liquids. Cap container to keep out dirt and water.
  • Do NOT dispose of used oil in the trash, on the ground, down the drain, down a sewer drain, or by burning it (except in permitted oil burners).
  • Clean up spills with kitty litter, vermiculite or rags, place in a bag and dispose of at a Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Event or Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
  • Oil filters: Puncture domed part of the oil filter with a sharp tool. Drain filters on a rack while they are "hot" for 12 hours, capture the oil for recycling as described above.
     

Management Options

  • Used Oil
    • Listing of Used Oil Drop-Off Locations
    • Return used oil for recycling to a service station. Service stations are required to accept used oil for recycling (up to 2 gallons per person per day) but may charge a fee for this service.
    • Take to a county household hazardous waste disposal event or household hazardous waste facility.
    • Take your used oil to a municipal collection center, if available.
    • Some service stations and repair garages that do not sell motor oil but burn the oil to heat their garage will take back used oil from residents.
    • Certain quick oil change chains, such as Valvoline, accept used oil.
       
  • Used Oil Filters
    • Listing of Oil Filter Drop-Off Locations
    • Do NOT dispose of an undrained oil filter in the trash. Follow above handling instructions for draining used oil filters.
    • Take used oil filters in a sealed bag or container to a municipal collection program in your community, if available. Many communities that collect used oil also collect used oil filters. A state contract for oil filter collection is available for municipalities and public sector agencies.
    • If no recycling program is available in your community, take to a county household hazardous waste disposal event or facility.
       

Generic Oil Collection Programs and Centers

  • The American Petroleum Institute's website, at www.recycleoil.org, helps you find collection centers.
  • All Jiffy Lube stations will take up to 10 gallons at no charge. You must bring the used motor oil in closed containers, during business hours, and take the empty containers away with you.
  • All Bridgestone and Firestone Tire and Service Centers will accept up to 2 gallons at no charge. You must bring the used motor oil in closed containers, during business hours, and take the empty containers away with you.
  • Call Earth's 911 at 1-800-CLEANUP or visit their website at www.1800cleanup.org, for a list of used motor oil collection centers near your home. Earth's 911 is a public/private partnership for environmental protection.