It is important for Kane County residents who change their own engine oil or who otherwise come to possess used or surplus motor oil to dispose of it safely. According to IEPA, just one gallon of motor oil, disposed of improperly, can render a million gallons of water unsafe for drinking. Used oil is also highly recyclable, and can be re-refined into lubricating oil and other valuable products.
There are many, many locations in the County that will accept used motor oil, including most major auto parts chains (e.g., AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, NAPA Auto Parts, O'Reilly Auto Parts, etc.). Many auto repair centers also accept used oil, including Pep Boys, Firestone Complete Auto Care, Valvoline, WalMart Auto Centers, etc. Earth 911 can help you find the closest option based on your zip code.
Please call ahead to your local parts store or maintenance shop to enquire about acceptance and fees.
Residential quantities of motor oil, and any oil/fuel mixtures can also be disposed of through Household Hazardous Waste programs, including the Kane County Home Pickup Program (for residents of eligible townships and municipalities) and the Naperville HHW facility (open to all Illinois residents). Additionally, most municipal or state HHW collection events will accept oil and oil/fuel mixtures. There is no per use fee for these programs.
For Large Quantities (100+ gallons) contact: GFL/Future Environmental