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How does Oil Protect?

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Disposal of Used Oils




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Health Warning!

Used engine oils are considered carcinogenic.  Avoid repeated contact with bare skin and wash your hands as soon as possible, preferably not in a tub of paraffin or petrol.  Wear latex gloves if possible while draining oil.

Remember, the oil may be very hot as the engine should have been run to warm-it up prior to draining the oil.


Oil Disposal

Most UK recycling Centres, aka "the Tip" will have a large reservoir for used motor oil collection.  Private individuals could probably also negotiate disposing of their oil with a local garage, but most councils provide some means of oil disposal.  Most Council Tips will not accept waste oils from a business, so garages will need an arrangement with a local collection service.  Some businesses use the old oil to power heaters in their workshops in Winter but this is not advised and may conflict with local council laws. 

The advice below is from the Environment Agency Brochure:

When you drain your engine oil Ė donít oil the drain!

Take used oil to an oil bank, so that it can be recycled.

Telephone 0800 66 33 66 free of charge to find the location of your nearest oil recycling bank.

Donít mix used oil with other substances, such as paint or solvents, as this makes recycling very difficult.

If you have oil fired heating, regularly check your tank and pipes for leaks. If you notice a sharp increase in the amount of oil you are using, you may have a leaking pipe.

Do not burn waste oil on a bonfire.

Oil Care is a programme run in conjunction with the Environment Agency and Shell

Use this link online to find your nearest oil bank

Dispose of your waste engine oil for recycling at an oil bank

  • Oil is a common and highly visible form of pollution where even a small quantity can cause a lot of harm to the environment.

  • The Oil Care Campaign was set up by the Environment Agency, in association with SEPA in Scotland and Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), to reduce oil pollution by providing guidance on and facilities for the safe disposal and management of oil.

  • The Environment Agency, SEPA and NIEA has installed a network of oil banks that accept used engine oil for recycling.

  • Oilbanks do not accept petrol, thinners, solvents, cooking oil, etc, or engine oil that has been mixed with white spirit, paint or solvents.

  • If you live in the England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, you can find out where your nearest oil bank is by using this website or by telephoning the Oil Bank Line on 08708 506 506 or sending an email to

  • You can download some useful guidance notes on the safe use, storage and disposal of oil from this website.