Recycling Used Motor Oil

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Recycling Used Motor Oil - soda bottle funnel in milk jugIt's grass mowing and garden plowing time. When my husband is going to change the oil in the mowers or tractor, I save a plastic soda bottle and a gallon milk jug, that has a top that screws on, for him to use to put the oil into.


We take the oil to the solid waste convenience site when taking the recycling and household trash. The oil goes in the oil barrel for recycling.



  1. Rinse out the milk jug and the soda bottle.
  2. Using a case cutter, cut the soda bottle so you can use the top part for a disposable funnel.
  3. Recycling Used Motor Oil - cut soda bottle to use as a funnel
  4. Place the funnel in the milk jug and pour the oil into the jug.
  5. Recycling Used Motor Oil - insert into the opening in your milk jug and pour oil into the jug
  6. Use paper towels to wipe out the drain pan which is one of my old aluminum pots.
  7. Place the oily paper towels and the funnel into a plastic grocery bag.
  8. Recycling Used Motor Oil - wipe out the container used to collect the oil with paper towels and place in a plastic trash bag along with the plastic bottle funnel

  9. Tie it up so you can put it in with your trash.
  10. Recycling Used Motor Oil - ready to recycle and dispose of the trash
  11. At the convenience site, pour the oil into the oil container for recycling. Put the empty milk jug in the trash.
  12. Recycling Used Motor Oil - take to a waste disposal site and add oil to the barrel

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April 27, 20191 found this helpful

My husband changes the car oil and I have a huge container of used oil. How can I dispose of it?

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April 27, 20191 found this helpful

Call the Solid Waste Department in your county and they can tell you.

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April 28, 20190 found this helpful

Check with your local garbage and recycling pick up. Most municipalities have a website that helps you know how to do this.

In my neighborhood, we have recycling pick up every other week. We are instructed to leave the old oil in a reycled plastic container (milk jug) next to our recycling bins.


We can also drop off hazardous waste, including oil, at a number of community events, and a couple local companies take them too.

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