You were out cleaning the garage and happened to notice a whole bunch of old cans under the bottom shelf, full of motor oil. Did you suddenly remember you were going to take care of them a few years ago, right after you had changed the oil in the cars and the lawnmower? Oh well. Luckily, there are still lots of places to drop of old engine oil so that it can either be recycled or properly disposed of. Proper disposal will keep it from seeping in to a groundwater drinking supply and contaminating what you drink. Recycling it will save money in the long run because it was reused by other people.
Local Used Oil Drop Off Places
The types of places to drop off old engine oil are usually local. Many times the local government office will host a free drop off of used motor oil where people can bring whatever has been sitting in their garage or pole barn. When people don’t have to pay a fee in order to turn it in, the results are much better than if they had to pay to recycle. If there were to have to pay for disposal of the contaminated material, then they would most likely go about doing it on their own, in an unsafe way. They might not think it is unsafe in the beginning or that one can going out in the backyard is dangerous, but it can be. One can of oil dumped can seep in to the drinking supply or it can leak over in to where animals or pets can get it and accidentally ingest it.
Car Dealerships & Mechanics
Other places to drop off old engine oil would include car dealerships or a local mechanic. They may charge you a fee for doing so, simply because of the volume of used oil they already have. Businesses might not be able to enjoy a free drop off like a resident would, so they may pass on a portion of the fee to you. To save time and money for everyone, you can search online for places to drop off old engine oil for free. If your local municipality doesn’t have one scheduled for the near future, you can go to one next to you that does.
What happens to the oil I drop off?
The places to drop off old engine oil will collect all of the containers where the oil is and then transfer them to another larger container or to a place that has larger containers. That location then either handles dumping of the oil in the proper method where no one is harmed or else they sell it to someone who will recycle it. There is now a process where old motor oil can be recycled and used again and again as long as it goes through the treatment process. This is a fairly new practice, but one that is becoming more popular as time goes on and the cost for new motor oil goes up with the refining process of crude oil.