• Customer Questions: What Regulations Apply to Used Oil?
  • Karen

    Karen D. Hamel CSP, CET, WACH, is a regulatory compliance professional, trainer and technical writer. She has more than 25 years of experience helping EHS professionals find solutions to meet EPA, OSHA and DOT regulations and has had more than 200 articles published on a variety of EHS topics. Karen is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Environmental health and Safety Trainer (CET), Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder (WACH), OSHA-Authorized Outreach Trainer for General Industry, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainer and hazmat technician. She serves on the Blair County, PA LEPC. Her specialties include a wide variety of environmental, safety, emergency response, risk management, DOT and NIMS topics. She conducts trainings and seminars at national conferences and webinars for several national organizations. For regulation or product information, we can be reached at 1-800-HOT-HOGS (468-4647) or by email at xtechnical@newpig.com.

  • Mark Grubersays:
    05/21/2019 at 10:22 am Reply

    My name, address & phone were required to drop off my used motor
    oil today at a Victory Lane store, first time this has happened. I was
    told this was required by the EPA. True?

    • Isabella Andersensays:
      07/02/2019 at 11:58 am Reply

      Hi there, at the federal level, there is a limit to how much used oil you can take to a collection center at one time (55 gallons) but there is no requirement to provide personal information when dropping off used oil at a used oil collection center.

      This may be a state or local requirement, or it could be required by the store itself – especially if they have received used oil from do-it-yourselfers (DIY) that contains water or hazardous materials. When water or hazardous materials are mixed with used oil, it changes it from being a valuable product that can be recycled and reused to a waste that is very costly to treat and handle.

      Many collection centers are not required to accept DIY oil: they do it as a community service. They dump the oil that they receive into the same tank with the oil that they generate at their establishment and then send it for recycling.

      The company that recycles it will test it to make sure it is “just” used oil. If it is not, they can refuse to recycle it and send the whole load back to the collection center, or they could charge the collection center more money to treat and recycle it. Either one is a costly option for the collection center. If the collection center has been hit with excessive fees for their batches of used oil being “off-specification” (contaminated with hazardous materials, excessive metals, etc.,) they may be requiring identification from anyone bringing in DIY oil to help determine if someone in particular is causing the problem.

      Hope this helps!


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