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Used Oil

The purpose of the used oil program is to protect the public and environment from exposure to contamination caused by the improper treatment, storage and disposal of used oil.

You can dispose of used oil at any Used Oil Collection Centers.  The centers do not accept antifreeze.   

Salt Lake County residents can dispose of antifreeze and used oil at  Salt Lake Valley Solid Waste Facility, Trans-Jordan Landfill, Murray ABOP Center, or Sandy ABOP Center.

To learn more about the Used Oil program please visit the

Utah Department of Health. The Used Oil Hotline Phone Number is: 1-800-458-0145

 

The Most Common Questions for Used Oil

What is meant by a DIYer?

DIYer means Do-It-Yourself for those who change engine oil.

What is UOCC?

UOCC is Used Oil Collection Center which is includes Checker, PepBoys, Napa, AutoZone, Wal-Mart, Texaco, Oil Drip, Salt Lake landfill, TransJordan landfill.

What does used oil include?

Hydraulic Oil (Engine Oil), Brake Fluid, Transmission Oil, Transformer Oil, Synthetic Motor Oil.

Where can I dispose of it?

You can dispose of used oil at any Used Oil Collection Center such is Checker, PepBoys, Napa, AutoZone, Wal-Mart, Texaco, Oil Drip.  The centers do not accept antifreeze.  Antifreeze and used oil can be recycled at:

Salt Lake Valley Solid Waste Facility
6030 W California Ave. (1400 S)
(801) 974-6922
Monday - Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Trans-Jordan Landfill
10873 S 7200 W
(801) 569-8994
Monday - Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Murray ABOP Center
This location accepts ONLY antifreeze, batteries, oil and paint
4646 S 500 W
Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Sandy ABOP Center
This location accepts ONLY antifreeze, batteries, oil and paint
8775 S 700 W
Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

What should be done with your used oil filters?

Oil Filters should be recycled. It is legal to dispose of them in the normal garbage system if the dome end or anti-drain valve is punctured and the filter is drained for at least 12 hours at room temperature.

Filters may also be dismantled or crushed to remove any free-flowing oil before being recycled or disposed.


Used Oil Facts & Tips

  • Used oil should be stored in double-walled containers, or if it is stored in single-walled containers, there needs to be a secondary containment device around the base of the container.
  • All used oil containers must be in good condition and have the words “Used Oil” painted on the container.
  • Used oil must be collected by a licensed transporter, such as: Emerald Services, Safety-Kleen, Thermo Fluids, or ORRCO.
  • In order to become a used oil collection center, please contact the Utah Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste at (801) 538-6170.
  • Never mix used oil with materials like solvents or thinners.
  • The company that collects the used oil must have a permit.
  • The shop floor needs to be clean and free of debris and liquid.
  • Used auto batteries need to be recycled by a licensed facility. New and used batteries should be stored in a watertight secondary containment area, such as a concrete bin with sealer on the floor and walls.
  • Used antifreeze should be recycled by a reputable recycler.
  • Used oil filters should be crushed, hot-drained for at least 12 hours into a used oil container, and then disposed of in the regular trash when dry.
  • Floors should be swept clean and the debris put in the regular trash; power washing the floor if debris or liquid is present is not acceptable.
  • Nothing can go down the storm drain. Any wastewater created must go into the sanitary sewer.
  • In order to become a zero discharger, consider plugging a sanitary sewer floor drain and using it as a sump. The liquid can then be pumped out into a drum.
  • The solvent from parts washers should be recycled. If it is disposed of, it needs to be treated as hazardous waste and taken to the landfill.
  • Mechanics need to use absorbent pads when working on vehicles
  • When engines or other equipment is power washed, there must be secondary containment to collect the wastewater, such as a large plastic container. The liquid must be disposed of as hazardous waste at the landfill.
  • Waste tires should be recycled by Utah Tire Recyclers.
  • There should be absorbent material (such as kitty litter or sawdust) readily available in case of a liquid spill.
  • If a spill over 25 gallons takes place, it must be reported to the Department of Environmental Quality at (801) 536-4123.
  • All other hazardous materials need to be transported to the landfill.
  • Auto shops should keep track of waste streams, such as: waste tires generated/month, gallons of used oil/month, gallons of used antifreeze/month, gallons of solvent used/month, gallons of paint used/month, etc.

Storage Tips

Type

Recommended Storage

Preferred Disposal

Waste oil

Drum

Oil recycler

Transmission fluid

Drum

Oil recycler

Gear oil

Drum

Oil recycler

Solvents

Solvent sink

Solvent recycler

Thinner, misc.

"Hot" tank

Recycler

Brake fluid

"Hot" tank

Hazardous waste hauler

Antifreeze

Tank (separate)

Recycler

Paints

Original container

Hazardous waste facility

Metal scrap

Covered bin

Scrap recycler

Fuel filters

Drum

Hazardous waste hauler

Asbestos filings

Sealed bin

Asbestos contractor

Tires

Indoors

Licensed tire hauler

Batteries

Sealed indoors

Supplier

Oil filters (drained)

Drum

Oil recycler

Used rags

Covered bin

Rag laundry facility

Empty aerosol cans

Drum

Metal recycler

Soiled absorbent

Drum

Hazardous waste hauler

A/C freon

Recycling machine

Reuse in-house