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Proper Disposal of Used Oil Put your used oil in a clean plastic container with a tight lid. Do not mix it with any thing else – paint gasoline, solvents, antifreeze, etc. – that will make it unsuitable for recycling. Take your used oil to a recycling center that collects used oil, a service station, quick lube, or any location that accepts used oil.

Proper Disposal of Used Oil Filters If you change your oil filter, drain the oil one by punching an air hole in the top and Draining a minimum of 12 hours if it is hot or 24
if it is cold Dispose of the oil filter only after it is properly drained. Check the list on the back of this brochure for businesses that accept used oil filters.  

Illegal Disposal Practices Pouring used oil down a drain. Pouring used oil into a storm sewer. Tossing used oil on your driveway, street or the ground. Disposing of oil in lakes, streams or wetlands. Spreading oil to suppress dust or kill weeds Burning oil outdoors.  

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Do not mix other wastes with used oil. Such mixtures can create hazards and make recycling more difficult.  

The Law The TN Used Oil Collection Act of 1993, enacted to prevent the mismanagement of used oil, Make it unlawful (except under strictly specified conditions of a valid permit) for any person to discharge used oil where it may harm the environment. Violation of the laws is a Class C Misdemeanor (T>C>A>68-211-1016).   

REMEMBER Oil drained from your car is a valuable resource when properly recycled. Recycling used oil can conserve our nation’s natural resources. Used oil can be re-fined and purified into high quality motor oil. Recycling used oil can save consumers money. Improper disposal of used oil can contaminate
the soil as well as surface and ground water.  

When Used Oil is Recycled It Recovers a Valuable Resource Used oil can be collected and refined. Refined oil is as good, or even better, a lubricant than new oil. Out of a 42-gallon barrel of crude oil, you can get only 2 ½ quarts of motor oil. It takes only one gallon of used motor oil to get the same 2-½ quarts.  

Where Can I Take My Used Motor Oil?
Standifer Gap Recycling Center
MiddleValley Recycling
Sequoyah Recycling
Highway 58 Recycling

These are only a few of the places that accept used oil. Please check the Yellow Pages for other locations. Call for days and hours of operation for the above businesses.

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