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Used Oil Recycling

South Carolina has one of the nation's most comprehensive used motor oil recycling programs targeting do-it-yourselfers (DIYer – an individual who changes oil in a personal vehicle).

Since the program began in 1990, more than 18 million gallons of used motor oil have been collected from DIYers. There are nearly 900 sites located throughout South Carolina.

In South Carolina, used motor oil must be recycled. It's the law.

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Used Motor Oil, Oil Filter and Oil Bottle Collection Sites

All South Carolina counties have collection sites for used motor oil recycling. In addition, most counties also accept used motor oil filters and motor oil bottles for recycling.

Select the county where you live for a list of recycling sites and what is collected in your area.

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Farmer Oil Collection Program

This program is designed to assist farmers generating 25 gallons of used motor oil per month or less. The Office has worked with local recycling programs to set up 67 collection sites in 43 counties.

Select the county where you live for a list of recycling sites and what is collectedin your area.

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Oil/Gasoline Mixtures Collection Program

The Office has worked with local recycling programs to set up collection tanks for gasoline and oil/gasoline mixtures. One-hundred and five collection sites have been established in 43 counties.

Select the county where you live for a list of recycling sites and what is collectedin your area.

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What is accepted in oil collection tanks?

The following petroleum products are ACCEPTED in used motor oil, farmer oil and oil/gasoline mixture collection tanks.

  • Motor Oil
  • Heating Oil
  • Automatic Transmission Fluid
  • Gear Oil
  • Diesel Fuel
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Fuel Oil
  • Kerosene
  • Hydraulic Fluid

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Used Motor Oil PSA

Oil Recycling PSAs

In the Garage (8MB)

In the Classroom (8MB)

On the River (8MB) 

What is NOT accepted in oil collection tanks?

The following liquids are NOT ACCEPTED in used motor oil, farmer oil and oil/gasoline mixture collection tanks.

  • Water
  • Refrigeration Oil
  • Antifreeze
  • Brake Fluid
  • Paint Thinner/Varsol
  • Any Solvent or Cleaner
  • Any Substance Used to Clean Brushes
  • Gasoline (See above for other options)
  • Gasoline/Oil Mixtures (See above for other options)

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