Used Oil Recycling Program

Effective April 1, 2003, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador banned lubricating oil from waste disposal sites.

Oil that is poured down the drain, openly burned, or disposed of with household garbage, can contaminate land and water, and create air pollution. The Used Oil Recycling Program ensures proper disposal of used oil, as well as recycling and reusing the product. Once collected, lubricating oil can be recycled and reprocessed for use again as a lubricant or fuel.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, residents can return used lubricating, crankcase, gear oil, and transmission fluid to an oil retailer, free of charge.

Used oil is a resource, not waste, and should be recycled.

FAQs

How can I recycle the used oil I generate at home?

Residents can return used lubricating oil, crankcase oil, gear oil and transmission fluid to an oil retailer or return facility, free of charge.

When I get an oil change at a garage, is the used oil recycled?

Yes. Garages are equipped to safely store used oil until it can be picked up by a hazardous waste hauler for recycling.

What types of oil can I recycle?

Residents can recycle used lubricating oil, crankcase oil, gear oil and transmission fluid.

Is there a deposit paid on oil?

No deposit is paid on oil and you can return used lubricating oil free of charge.

How should I collect and store my used oil before returning it for recycling?

Used oil can be collected from your automobile, recreational vehicle, snow blower, lawn mower or other machinery and stored in a clean, child-proof container.

Can I store other liquids in the same container as my used oil?

No. Do not contaminate oil with other liquids such as gasoline, grease, chemical solvents or paints. Residents can properly dispose of these products at a household hazardous waste depot. Businesses can properly dispose of these products by contracting a hazardous waste hauler. A listing of hazardous waste haulers can be found in our 3R Guide.

Can I recycle other types of oil and automobile fluids?

The Used Oil Recycling Program includes used lubricating oil, crankcase oil, gear oil and transmission fluid. Automobile fluids (e.g., antifreeze, brake fluid and power steering fluid), waste from refining operations, and oil derived from animal or vegetable fat are not accepted for recycling under the Used Oil Recycling Program. Residents can properly dispose of automobile fluids at a household hazardous waste depot. Businesses can properly dispose of refining waste by contracting a hazardous waste hauler (look for a listing in our 3R Guide). Residents and businesses can dispose of used cooking oil by contacting Eco-Oil (look for the listing in our 3R Guide under cooking oil).

Can I return my used oil to a household hazardous waste drop-off site?

Yes. Used oil is considered hazardous waste and is accepted at household hazardous waste depots.

Do all oil retailers accept used oil for recycling?

Oil retailers selling more than 1,000 litres of lubricating oil are required to accept used lubricating oil on site, or make arrangements with a nearby facility to take back used lubricating oil.

What happens to used oil when it is recycled?

Once collected, used lubricating oil can be recycled and reprocessed for use again as a lubricant or fuel.

How can I properly dispose of my oil filter?

Oil filters should be thoroughly drained, tied up in a plastic bag and disposed of with your household garbage.

How can I recycle the used oil I generate through my business?

Businesses can recycle used oil, and other hazardous waste, by contracting a hazardous waste hauler. A listing of hazardous waste haulers can be found in our 3R Guide.

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