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What are the oil waste rules in California?

On Behalf of | Feb 16, 2024 | Environmental Law

Some substances used in residential and commercial settings, such as oil waste, can pose significant harm to the environment. California can produce considerable amounts of used oil from various industries, including automotive, agricultural and other sectors. If oil waste contaminates natural resources, the repercussions can endanger wildlife and the public.

However, the process of recycling and disposing used oil also has restrictions enforced by state law. These regulations ensure oil waste goes to qualified facilities with the right equipment to process it. The following rules can apply based on the oil waste’s source:

  • Individuals and local communities – Any member of society can bring used oil to certified collection centers nearby. Some communities or associations have programs with curbside pick-ups, making the process easier for participants.
  • Businesses and other establishments – Small to medium companies can bring used oil to certified collection centers in their area up to the location’s daily limit. If the establishment has too much oil waste for these facilities, they can be eligible for other options usually used by industrial sectors.

Regulations for processing oil may depend on how much waste you produce. Even if your business is small, you may need oil hauling services and other arrangements applicable to your circumstances.

Knowing what to do about your oil waste

Aside from rules surrounding where to bring used oil, some facilities might not accept it if it has contaminants that require more intensive methods for processing. These waste types often involve oil mixed with other substances, such as solvents or gasoline. You can verify these details with your local government agencies. Staying updated with these rules and restrictions can help keep your household or business compliant with local environmental policies.