Used Oil Recycling Tips
If you change your own motor oil, you can recycle it at eight collection centers throughout Summit County at no cost to you.
- Place used oil in a clean, leakproof, reusable container with a tight-fitting cap. Do not use containers previously used for gasoline, antifreeze, paint, thinners, solvents or bleach.
- Additional oil can be recovered by draining used oil filters. Thoroughly drained filters can be disposed of in household trash.
- Don’t mix used oil with water, gasoline, antifreeze, solvents or any other substances. Remember, used oil only! If it’s not, it can’t be recycled, it’s dangerous, and its illegal to put it into the Utah Used Oil Recycling System.
Used Oil is a Valuable Resource
Used oil can be re-refined as a lubricating oil, used as a clean fuel and reprocessed to create many petroleum-based products. Recycling it saves this non-renewable resource for future use. Recycled, it’s great.
Improperly Disposed of, it’s Harmful
America’s worst oil spill isn’t noted much in the news because it is spread all over the U.S. The EPA estimates that 200 million gallons of used oil are dumped on the ground, tossed in the trash (ending up in land fills), and poured down storm sewers and drains every year.
Just one gallon of used oil, the amount from a single small auto engine, has the potential to contaminate up to one million gallons of fresh water – a year’s supply for 50 people.
A single gallon will create an eight-acre oil slick. It will poison fish and reduce the oxygen produced by aquatic plants. It’s bad!
Improper Disposal is Illegal
The 1993 Utah Legislature enacted the “Used Oil Management Act,” mandating new standards for the collection, processing and recycling or reusing of used oil. The act corresponds with the standards promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Utah Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste developed, and is responsible for implementing the standards for Management of Used Oil, R315-15, copies may be obtained from the Division. It is illegal for anyone to place, discard or otherwise dispose of used oil in a landfill, in sewers, draining systems, septic tanks, surface or ground water, or on the ground.
A single violation of this new used oil disposal law can result in a fine of up to $10,000.
Used Oil Collection Sites
Park City Locations
Burt Brothers Tires
2734 West Rasmussen Road, 435-649-1142
Burt Brothers Tires
6343 North Pace Frontage Road, 435-940-9154
1155 Iron Horse Drive, 435-649-2886
230 North Main, 435-783-6550
2972 North 900 East, 435-783-4718
Three Mile Landfill
Three Mile Canyon, 435-336-3970
5th North Main, 435-336-2140
East Henefer Road, 435-336-3970
Bob Swensen, Environmental Health Director, Summit County Health Department
650 Round Valley Drive, Park City, Utah 84060
Phone: 435-333-1584, Fax: 435-333-1580