Used oil generators may transport up to 55 gallons of used oil or sorbents in their own vehicle or any amount of used-oil filters without being subject to the used oil/filter transporter requirements. If hauling your own oil wastes, you must:
- Take the oil, filters, and/or sorbents to a collection site, aggregation point owned by the generator, or any other business that has agreed to receive the oil and not burn it on-site
- Ensure that filters and sorbents do not contain free-flowing oil
- Ensure that used oil does not leak during transport
If not hauled by the generator, used oil must be hauled by an oil hauler having a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identification number. For more information, see MPCA hazardous waste fact sheet #4-30, Managing Used Oil and Related Wastes [PDF 78KB].
Waste Reduction Tips
Some best management practices for used oil include:
- Use drain systems designed for used oil.
- Use drip pans to capture used oil drips and spills.
- Pick up used-oil spilled outside of drip pans in liquid form by using a dustpan and squeegee rather than using sorbents and generating another waste.
- If sorbents must be used, choose those that can be recycled (wrung and reused, laundered, or burned for energy.)
- When possible, purchase product in bulk to eliminate multiple small plastic containers.
- If using plastic quart containers, design a drain system to empty them sufficiently to allow the plastic to be recycled.