Improperly disposed oil can contaminate drinking water and harm aquatic animal and plant life. Just five gallons of motor oil can render 1 million gallons of water undrinkable. The oil can also create a film on top of rivers and lakes, depriving aquatic plant life of necessary sunlight and nutrients.
Any HCRC or Public Used Oil Collection Center (PUOCC) -
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For PUOCC locations call the Florida Department of Environmental Protection or click: PUOCC Search
*Check first with the PUOCC for accepted materials.
Public Used Oil Collection Centers (PUOCCs)have been established throughout Florida in a cooperative effort between government and private businesses. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection maintains a list of registered locations and ensures that minimum standards are met. Becoming a PUOCC is voluntary. No law requires service stations or any business to accept used oil. Some must pay to have the oil hauled away and therefore may charge a small fee to accept it.
Please call your collection center to learn more before dropping off used oil. Remember these locations accept used oil only!
Used oils may be recycled in several ways and it largely depends on economics, quality, and contamination.. Some businesses specialize in filtering and cleaning used oil to industry standards so that it can be used again. Used oil also has a high BTU value and can be blended with other combustible liquids for use as a fuel for industries such as cement kilns. This is how most PUOCC materials are used. In colder areas used oil can be burned directly as a heating fuel.