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Old 04-20-2019, 12:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What does everyone do with their used motor oils?

I have A LOT of used oil I need to get rid of. I was thinking the storm drain but decided to ask here first.

Used to have a guy who took it for free, but now it is over $100/ drum. I easily have 50+ gallons, maybe closer to 75 at this point.

Don't mind spending the money if I have to, but if there is a better method I am all ears.

I know any place that sells it is supposed to take used, but last time I did that with a Sears auto, they were not happy with the amount I had. I know tough shit but still.

Also a good portion of mine is a mix of trans/engine/hydro fluids.

So best way to dispose of in bulk?
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Old 04-20-2019, 12:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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We have a county recycling center here. Paper, cardboard, plastic, etc. In the back they have a 500 gallon bulk tank that they'll take oil in. They don't want coolant contamination, but a mix of oils isn't a problem. All free for county residents. Do you have something similar?

Are you looking to have it hauled away or are you willing to take it somewhere?

I usually wait until my little bulk container is full, usually 25 gallons or so. Uses compressed air to evacuate through a hose.
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Got a tractor supply? They usually have tanks that are several hundred gallons for used oils.
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We have 5 old mechanical injection John Deeres. On any given year we accumulate about 400 gallons of waste oil from semis, tractors, combines, sprayers, etc.

We typically blend it at a 40 percent ratio in the summer after running it through a filter and burn it in the old tractors for tilling ground.

See if a farmer wants it
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You mean you guys don't just dump it down the storm drain?

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Old 04-20-2019, 01:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have A LOT of used oil I need to get rid of. I was thinking the storm drain
Even though I suppose a few folks here will say go ahead, that is just a SERIOUSLY dick move, regardless of your political, environmental, whatever beliefs.



























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Old 04-20-2019, 01:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I centrifuge it, cut it with some gas, run it in the shop oil furnace. Wast oil nozzle setup was just too fussy.
My neighbor and his twin brother are both in construction and they both have a bunch of off-road toys to keep me well supplied.
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Old 04-20-2019, 01:07 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Got a tractor supply? They usually have tanks that are several hundred gallons for used oils.
Never thought of them, got one right down the road. I will give them a call and see if they have a max quantity policy
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Retailers have to accept it back here. Or take it to one of your local recycling centers.

Most of my used motor oil gets blended with diesel and used as fuel. IMO, the trick is to stay on top of using it so you don't get a backlog.
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Just drop it off at any auto parts store.
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Old 04-20-2019, 01:14 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Never thought of them, got one right down the road. I will give them a call and see if they have a max quantity policy
Ours didn’t have a max. The tank was probably 400+ gallons

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Put an ad on craigslist, i get guys that have modified wood stoves for an oil drip and people with oil burners in their garage.
They come to you so no hauling it anywhere. I just pump it into their containers .

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Old 04-20-2019, 01:15 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Craigslist Ad, free used oil...someone with a waste oil furnace will grab it.

That, or most auto shops take it.
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Old 04-20-2019, 01:22 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I have your same problem. I've had so many waste oil companies flake. Now that oil is cheap there'sno incentive. I have a text log with one guy that's two years old and has at least 5 scheduled pick ups that were missed. I was overflowing with all my barrels full and about 30 overflowing 5 gal buckets stashed around the shop. I upgraded to 250gal IBC totes to at least reorganize and temporarily solve my dilemma. I can't find anyone who can handle the drums. They're primarily 90w and 140w gear oils. The IBC totes have a petcock. So no pumping. I found a guy who will take the totes for heating in the winter. So I guess I'll store it till he can come pick one up next season.
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Old 04-20-2019, 01:29 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I put a little bit in the coffee at work every day. It takes a while to get rid of that much oil but it keeps people regular and cheerful.


If you don’t like that idea, go on Steel Soldiers or similar and find someone with a multifuel Duece. They will be happy to pick it up, in my experience.
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Old 04-20-2019, 01:30 PM   #17 (permalink)
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In our county any recycling is free.

Oil, metals, cans and bottles, electronics, etc.
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Old 04-20-2019, 01:30 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I would take mine 4 gallons at a time to auto zone over the course of a week. Buying dumb shit for like $5 and then dropping it off. Now I'm down to manageable few gallons in the garage.
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Old 04-20-2019, 01:33 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I would take mine 4 gallons at a time to auto zone over the course of a week. Buying dumb shit for like $5 and then dropping it off. Now I'm down to manageable few gallons in the garage.
That's what I do. There are a dozen autoparts stores in a five mile radius, so I make the rounds when I run out of jerrycans
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Our dump takes 15 gallons at a time at a Household Hazardous Waste collection and you don’t even have to get out of the car.

You tell them CONTAMINATED or CLEAN and they ask if you want your containers back, sign a sheet of paper and that’s it. It’s awesome.
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Id probably take some to autozone and then some to oreilys a few gallons at a time until its gone. My local autozone started checking you in and recording how much oil you were dropping off, but recently stopped doing that...
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Old 04-20-2019, 01:43 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Same problem here, i have over 400 gallons (at least 8 55 gal drums) of used motor oil/gas/diesel/trans/whatever petroleum product.

A local company used to suck down the barrels, but they were bought out and new place charges.

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Craigslist Ad, free used oil...someone with a waste oil furnace will grab it.

That, or most auto shops take it.
No waste oil furnaces with 500 miles.
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Old 04-20-2019, 01:55 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I bought a centrifuge to run mine through... still haven't gotten it all setup yet. I have about 5-600 gallons of used oil sitting around in barrels if that makes you feel any better.
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Old 04-20-2019, 02:35 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Local farmer takes most of mine for waste oil furnace. I really want one, but aint spending 8k on a new one or 6k on a old one that's been outside for a few months since they got a new one and there's "nothing wrong" with it, but yet bought a new one and stored the old one outside..... fawkin CL.. I currently have a tank overhead and brake line running down to the woodstove in the shop. I also dump a gallon in the fuel tank here and there if I remembered to get my drainpan clean before I dumped the used in it. I jug up the stuff with leaves and other shit for the burn pile. I can only burn so much as I get 10 gallons each service every month and a half. And on another note, why the fawk would it matter how much you bring into a auto parts place? I know stupid oregon made it illegal to sell the used stuff, but places don't charge you enough to take it to be any kind of profitable business and must be getting paid somewhere else too.
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