Oil Motor Recycling Hotline

Used motor oil, or 'sump oil' as it is sometimes called, should not be thrown away as it can pollute water ways and soils. Although it gets dirty, used oil can still be cleaned and re-used.

When changing the oil in your car or other motors such as lawnmowers, boats or chainsaws, be sure to dispose of it correctly. Oil picks up hazardous contaminants when used in engines and can pollute water and soil. Pour your used motor oil back into an empty oil container and take it to your local used oil facility for recycling. Check with the facility as they may also accept your oil filters and oily rags.

Many council facilities such as transfer stations, waste management centres or landfill sites accept used oil. Household chemical clean out programs run by your council or state government may also collect used motor oil.

Mugga Lane Resource Management Facility

Address: Mugga Lane
Symonston, 2609, ACT
-35.3494080 149.1374410

Phone: 6126 5817 (Waste Transfer Station) - 6280 4011 (Green Waste)
Email: no.waste@act.gov.au
Website

The following items are accepted:

  • Gas Bottles
  • Batteries - Car
  • Oil - Used Motor
  • Tyres
  • Paints and Thinners
  • Household Cleaners
  • Household Chemicals
  • Chemicals and Smoke Alarms, contact Environment ACT on 13 22 81

Opening hours:

7:30am - 5pm daily except for Christmas Day and Good Friday

Fees and charges:

Do not apply

The Mitchell Resouce Management Centre

Address: Flemington Rd
Mitchell, ACT
-35.2197795 149.1449593

Phone: 02 6241 9411
Website

The following items are accepted:

  • Gas Bottles
  • Batteries - Car
  • Oil - Used Motor
  • Paints and Thinners

Opening hours:

7.30am - 5pm except Christmas and Good Friday

Fees and charges:

May apply

Drop off locations for Oil - Motor & Grease

2 drop off businesses match on Oil - Motor & Grease within approx 60km of City ACT

Click the link for business details and map

Business Name Address Suburb State Postcode Lon Lat Distance (Km) Approved Provider
Act Nowaste - Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre /business/7491 Mugga Lane Symonston, ACT, 2609 149.1374410 -35.3494080 Symonston ACT 2609 149.1374410 -35.3494080
REMONDIS Australia Pty Ltd /business/16426 Mugga Lane Symonston, ACT, 2609 149.1364853 -35.3503494 Symonston ACT 2609 149.1364853 -35.3503494
Act Nowaste - Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre /business/7491 Mugga Lane Symonston, ACT, 2609 149.1374410 -35.3494080 Symonston ACT 2609 149.1374410 -35.3494080

Pick up locations for Oil - Motor & Grease

4 pick up businesses match your query on Oil - Motor & Grease

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Business Name Details Picks up Fees Approved Provider
Toxfree Click Business Name for details Nationally May apply
Cleanaway - A Transpacific Business Please contact Cleanaway on 13 13 39 to enquire about p... ACT May apply
OILRIGHT MUST CALL US AND BOOK IN COLLECTION PICK UP DATE Nationally Free
REMONDIS Australia Pty Ltd REMONDIS collects recycling and waste streams in bins r... Nationally May apply

Ask at your local petrol station, many will take used motor oil for recycling.

About used motor oil

  • Oil is a valuable and finite resource.
  • Each year, more than 500 million litres of motor oil is sold in Australia.
  • It takes only one litre of oil to contaminate one million litres of water and a single automotive oil change produces 4 to 5 litres of used oil.

Source: Dept. of the Environment & Heritage

Importance of recycling motor oil

  • Used oil is hazardous. Lubricating oil picks up a variety of hazardous contaminants when used in engines and transmissions including lead, dioxins, benzene and polycyclic aromatics.
  • Leaving used oil sitting in your garage is a potential fire hazard.

Source: Dept. of the Environment & Heritage

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