Oil Filter Disposal Methods

The incorrect disposal of oil filters has already caused damaged to the land and aquatic environments. The chemicals founds in the filters even aside from the oil are toxic and are capable of killing wildlife and various other ecosystems. Instead of simply throwing dirty oil filters in the garbage, there are better ways of disposal. Your method of disposal will depend on what is available in your area. Before doing anything, check with your local governmental body to see what is available and what the regulations are concerning the disposal of oil filters.


It is highly recommended that if recycling services are available in your area that you recycle them. Some cities have city recycling pickups that accept filters, while in other areas they must be dropped off at city recycling centres or private facilities. There are a few steps that are included in the process. These include hot-draining, which is the cleaning of the filter before taking the filter apart and recycling its various parts, such as the steel and the oil.

Recycling these parts not only prevents contamination and saves space in the landfill, but it also helps conserve natural resources. Some recycling centres will pay for your oil filters, generally according to weight.


If you don't have a recycling program in your community and cannot send recyclables to a nearby municipality, your city may have an incinerator program used to dispose of used oil filters. Although there is still pollution given off by the incinerator, it does not present as much contamination as throwing dirty oil filters in the landfill.

Oil filters are not combustible by nature, but when burnt they give off heat, therefore giving off usable energy. Also, parts of these items can be found in the ash, so there is a possibility that they can be reused or recycled. Thus, using the incinerator is not a total loss of the resources.

Landfill Disposal

There are communities where neither recycling nor incineration is possible. In such cases, there is a method to use so that you can dispose of the filter in a landfill without it being considered to be hazardous waste.

Drain the oil out of the filter by puncturing the dome of the device and placing it in a collection container for 12 hours to ensure all of the oil has been removed. If the filter has been correctly drained, there should be between 59.1 and 236ml of used oil. Once it is drained, dismantle the filter and dispose of it. Before doing this, check your local regulations on what is considered hazardous material, as some areas do not allow for this type of disposal.

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