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Used Oil Materials Recycling Program

Alberta's Used Oil Materials Recycling Program has been doing its part to protect our environment since 1997, keeping used lubricating oil, oil filters, and oil containers out of Alberta's landfills and waterways, ensuring these materials are turned into new and useful products.

Eligible Products and Fees

The environmental fees Albertans pay when purchasing new lubricating oil and oil filters, ranging from $0.05 to $1.00, are used to help fund the cost to recycle them. There are 230 recycling depots (collection sites) across the province where you can take your used oil materials so they can be recycled in an effective, secure and environmentally safe manner.

Lubricating Oil

Oil Containers

Oil Filters

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What happens to my used oil materials?

From the backyard mechanic to businesses or municipalities with large fleets of vehicles, every drop of used oil, every container and every filter that is captured in the Program for recycling helps keep our landfills and waterways safe from contamination. In 2017 alone, Albertans recycled 90 million litres of used oil, 7.6 million filters and 2.6 million kg of oil containers.

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Large Quantities to Recycle?

Contact a local Registered Collector to recycle large quantities of used oil materials (e.g. more than 20 litres of used oil; more than 20 oil filters).

Other Used Oil Management Associations

Visit other provincial used oil management associations.


Used Oil Recycling FAQs

Does the program recycle cooking oil?

No, Alberta’s used oil management program exclusively helps fund the collection and processing of lubricating oil (e.g., automotive oil), oil filters, and oil containers only. Please consult with your local municipality on how to most effectively dispose of cooking oil, fats, grease, and other household waste.

What do they make when they recycled used oil materials?

High quality used lubricating oil (e.g., automotive oil) can be refined into new oil. Lower quality used oil can be processed into a fuel that can be used by pulp mills, cement plants, asphalt plants, and other industrial applications.

Oil filters and metal oil containers can be crushed and processed by a metal recycler to make construction materials, including rebar and pipe.

Plastic oil containers have a large number of uses. They can be turned into new containers, railway ties, fence posts, patio furniture, and much more.

What if I have large quantities of used oil materials?

If you or your business have larger quantities of used oil, filters, or containers e.g., more than the quantity allowed by your local collection site, which is often 20 litres of oil or 20 oil filters, please contact a local Registered Collector to arrange collection.

Why is it important to recycle used lubricating oil materials?

Used lubricating oil e.g., automotive oil is considered a hazardous waste. Rather than contaminating our waterways and land, it can be collected, processed, and put to good use again through recycling.

Oil filters and containers are valuable products. Rather than sending them to landfill, they can help fuel our economy and be transformed into valuable new products.

What if my used lubricating oil (e.g. automotive oil) is mixed with water, antifreeze, paint, solvents or other materials?

If your used lubricating oil e.g., automotive oil contains water, antifreeze, paint, solvent, or any other materials then it is contaminated. Contaminated used oil is not accepted as part of Alberta’s used oil materials recycling program, and should be treated or disposed as per Alberta laws. Your best treatment or disposal option depends on the type of contamination. If you believe that your used oil is contaminated, then please contact a local Registered Collector, a hazardous waste management company, or your local municipality for information about how to dispose of it safely.

Registered Used Oil Processors & Collectors

Need a Used Oil Recycler or a Used Oil Collector? Are you interested in becoming one?

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