Used Oil Recycling Guide2018-06-07T23:53:33-07:00

Recycle Oil in Del Norte County!

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Why Recycling Your Oil is Important

What is Used Oil?

  • Vehicle crankcase oils

  • Engine lubricating oils

  • Transmission fluids

  • Power Steering

  • Brake fluids

  • Gearbox and differential oils

  • Hydraulic oils

  • Compressor oils

  • Turbine oils

  • Bearing oils

  • Gear oils

  • Transformer (electrical) oils

  • Refrigeration oils

  • Metalworking oils

  • Railroad oils

What is NOT Used Oil?

  • Antifreeze

  • Brake fluid

  • Fuels

  • Grease

  • Solvents

  • Other automotive wastes

  • Substances which are not oils

  • Oils with a flashpoint below 100ºF

  • Oils containing more than 1,000 parts per million (ppm) total halogens (unless the rebuttable presumption is rebutted)

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  • Oils mixed with hazardous waste

  • Wastewater containing small amounts of used oil

  • Oils containing 5ppm polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) or greater

  • Oily wastes that are not used oil

Preparing Oil for Recycling

Step 1: Drain the Oil

  1. Drain the oil into a pan that can hold twice the volume of oil in your engine’s crankcase.
  2. Drain it when the engine is warm to ensure smooth flow. The oil is hot! Please use protection.
  3. Replace the drain plug and store the oil pan to a location where you can safely pour the oil into a container. Wipe up any drips and spills.

Step 2: Transfer the dirty oil into a clean, tight-fitting oil container

  1. Use a rigid plastic container like a milk jug. Do not overfill the container!
  2. Don’t put used oil in containers that hold bleach, pesticides, paint or antifreeze. They contain residues that contaminate the oil. Don’t mix solvents or gasoline with your oil, either.
  3. Don’t forget to seal the bottle, and label it as “Used Oil.” along with the date.

Step 3: Drain the oil filter

  1. Put the used filter hole-side down on a storage container. Let it drain overnight or for at least twelve hours. You can puncture, crush, open or handle the filter in any way, as long as it is used for preparing the filters for recycling.
  2. Place the old filter in a leak-proof container (like a coffee can with a lid, or a resealable plastic bag). Label it “Drained Used Oil Filter,” and include the date.
  3. Replace the old oil filter with a new one.

Step 4: Take your used oil and oil filters in for recycling.

(info on where you can go, costs for recyling oil, and maybe a map/link to the recycling locations page)

Preventing Marine Spills

Oil Spills Damage the Environment!

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What can I do to prevent marine spills?

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my oil becomes contaminated?2018-06-07T23:38:16-07:00

Label the container and bring it to our annua, FREE household hazardous waste collection event!

What can also be recycled?2018-06-07T23:37:46-07:00

Power steering, transmission and brake fluids can be brought to used oil collection sites using the same preparation process. Don’t forget to use seperate labeled containers! See also: What is and what is NOT used oil.

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