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Used Motor Oil Recycling and More
Used Motor Oil Collection Sites Used Motor Oil Bottle & Filter Collection Sites Farmer Oil Collection Program Oil/Gasoline Mixtures Collection Progam Used Motor Oil Recycling Tool Kit
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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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Used Motor Oil Collection Site

Used Motor Oil Collection Site
   

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 collected in your area.

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Farmer Oil Collection Site

Farmer Oil Collection Site
   

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 collected in your area.

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Oil/Gasoline Mixture Collection Site

Oil/Gasoline Mixture
Collection Tank
   

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.

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

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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.

NOT ACCEPTED
Water
 
Any Solvent or Cleaner
Refrigeration Oil
 
Any Substance Used
to Clean Brushes
Antifreeze
 
Gasoline
See above for other options.
Brake Fluid
 
Gasoline/Oil Mixtures
See above for other options.
Paint Thinner/Varsol
 

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Used Motor Oil PSA

Oil Recycling PSAs

In the Garage (8MB)

In the Classroom (8MB)

On the River (8MB)

   

The Proof is in the Numbers

Do-it-yourself (DIY) oil changers in South Carolina recycled 965,623 gallons of used oil in 2011, according to figures released by the Office. Since the used oil recycling program began in 1990, DIYers have recycled more than 18 million gallons of used oil. In addition, DIYers continued to recycle used oil filters and oil bottles in most counties.

CALENDAR YEAR
USED OIL COLLECTED
2003
1,142,199 GALLONS
2004
1,164,835 GALLONS
2005
1,066,336 GALLONS
2006
1,002,006 GALLONS
2007
1,000,527 GALLONS
2008
957,708 GALLONS
2009
995,340 GALLONS
2010
984,437 GALLONS
2011
965,623 GALLONS

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'Take Action: Recycle Used Motor Oil Classroom
Lessons & Activities'

The "Take Action: Recycle Used Motor Oil Classroom Lessons & Activities" is designed for teachers to introduce used motor oil recycling into the classroom.

For schools that have received a grant through the Office's Recycling Education Grant Program, any of the activities or lessons provided in this tool kit can be used to meet the used motor oil awareness requirement.

For information about other environmental education resources, see the Teachers & Students page.

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This Web page was last updated on May 2, 2013.