Motor Oil Containers (Empty)

Alternative ways to recycle
Put in Container Recycling Special Instructions

Totally empty motor oil containers belong under the blue lid of a split recycling cart or in a larger cart or bin labled “Containers Only.”  Lids must be removed and belong in the garbage. To ensure totally empty, drain upside down for at least 24 hours before recycling.

Motor oil containers with any oil inside must be handled as Household Hazardous Waste (HHW).

Do Not Reuse Empties

Putting other chemicals or products in an empty motor oil bottle is dangerous. You can inadvertently create toxic byproducts when the chemicals mix with the motor oil residue.

Alternative Ways to Recycle

Take to Service Stations

Just like with used motor oil and filters, you can take empty motor oil containers to an auto shop or service station. Find a shop or service station that’s certified.

Did You Know?

What Happens to Recycled Motor Oil

Used motor oil can be cleaned and recycled, which helps keep it out of waterways. Recycled oil is then used to make heating oil, asphalt and other petroleum-based products. It is usually not recycled and resold as motor oil.