Recycling Used Oil and Batteries
Here is some information I've collected on recycling used motor oil and batteries.
On recycling used motor oil and lead-acid car batteries in New York State
Changing/Recycling Your Used Oil
- Drain oil pans, containers and filters completely.
- Store used oil in a clean, rigid, screw-capped plastic container.
- Don't mix used oil with other materials, and never dump oil into the environment.
- Take used oil (up to 5 gallons per day) to a service station or retail store, during normal business hours, that sells oil (they are required by law to accept it at no charge, unless their holding tanks are temporarily full), or check with your local recycling center.
Buying/Recycling Lead-Acid Batteries
- It is illegal to dispose of lead-acid (vehicle) batteries in the trash.
- You will be charged a $5 "return incentive payment" if a used battery is not returned at the time of purchase. The "return incentive payment" is refundable within 30 days from the date of purchase, upon return of a used battery.
- Stores selling lead-acid batteries must accept, free of charge, up to two used batteries per month from any individual, and must post a sign stating they accept batteries for recycling.
On recycling old rechargeable batteries
Call2Recycle is a nonprofit program to collect and recycle rechargeable batteries used in power tools, computers, cell phones, cameras, and other small electronic devices. Drop off points can be located at their website. Many national retailers like Home Depot and Radio Shack participate in the program.