How to Dispose of Motor Oil

We do a lot of oil changes at Norris, but we also know that many of you change your own oil at home. It’s truly not a hard job once you learn how.

When you finish the job, however, you’re stuck with used motor oil that needs to be disposed of in a responsible way. Disposing of used motor oil improperly can cause serious harm to wildlife, water sources, and soil. Used motor oil can be refined and reused as new oil, reducing the need for crude oil extraction. And – spoiler alert – at Norris, we’re happy to take that used motor oil off your hands!

Here’s how to do it.

  1. Contain it. Collect the used motor oil in a clean, leak-proof container. You can use the original container that the oil came in, or any other plastic or metal container with a tight-fitting lid. Do not mix the oil with any other fluids, such as antifreeze, brake fluid, or gasoline. This can contaminate the oil and make it unsuitable for recycling.
  2. Bring it. Find a drop-off location (like us!) that accepts used motor oil for recycling. You can search for motor oil recycling locations online or go to Earth9111 to find a drop-off location near you. Some common places that accept used motor oil are auto parts stores, service stations, and municipal waste facilities. Some of these places may charge a small fee or have certain restrictions, so it is best to call ahead and confirm before you bring your oil. At Norris – we accept it for free.

It really is that easy. By recycling used motor oil and oil filters, you are helping to conserve natural resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and prevent pollution. Thank you for doing your part to keep our planet clean and green! And thank you for choosing Norris as your drop off point!

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