Used Motor Oil

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Used Motor Oil

On July 1, 1996 the State of Illinois banned motor oil from being disposed of in landfills within the State. The release of used motor oil, either intentional or otherwise, can have adverse affects on the environment. More than 200 million gallons of used motor oil is improperly disposed of on the ground, tossed in the trash, or poured down the storm sewer or household drain.

JUST ONE GALLON OF USED OIL IMPROPERLY DISPOSED OF CAN CONTAMINATE ONE MILLION GALLONS OF DRINKING WATER.

Used motor oil never wears out. It gets dirty and can be recycled, cleaned, and used again. Recycling used motor oil conserves a natural resource (oil). If all the oil that is improperly disposed of were properly managed or recycled, the United States could save millions of barrels of oil each year.

Recycling your used oil.
After draining the oil from your car’s crankcase, pour the oil into a clean, leak proof container with a screw-on top. Many household containers are suitable, including original motor oil containers. NEVER USE CONTAINERS THAT HELD HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS, SUCH AS BLEACH. Make sure that the container has a secure lid so it cannot spill. Containers designed for carrying used motor oil; also may be purchased at automotive supply stores. If you don’t recycle your used oil immediately, never store it outside or in an area accessible to children or pets.

What to do with your used motor oil?
Your used motor oil can be recycled or disposed of in a variety of ways. You may bring oil to one of the three Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s household hazardous waste permanent drop-off locations. 

Naperville - Fire Station #4
1971 Brookdale Rd.
Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm
(630) 420-6095

City of Chicago
1150 N. North Branch on Goose Island
Tuesday: 7 am to Noon, Thursday: 2 pm to 7 pm
First Saturday of every month: 8 am to 3 pm
(312) 744-7672 for more information

Rockford - Rock River Reclamation District
3333 Kiswaukee
Saturday: 8 am to 4 pm, Sunday: Noon to 4pm
(815) 987-5570

Also check with retail outlets, local service stations, or automotive maintenance businesses (lube centers, repair shops, or car dealerships). Never drop off used oil without calling ahead to check if those businesses accept waste oil.

NEVER MIX MOTOR OIL WITH OTHER WASTE AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTS SUCH AS GASOLINE, ANTIFREEZE, WATER, OR SOLVENTS. 

WASTE MANAGEMENT WILL NOT PICK UP USED MOTOR OIL DURING YOUR NORMAL WEEKLY GARBAGE AND RECYCLING PICK UP.