How can Kent County Department of Public Works help?
Explore the waste stream options below for how you can reuse, recycle, compost, or dispose of the item you are trying to get rid of through a KCDPW facility or service.
If you have motor oil that isn’t the correct type for your project and is unopened or partially used, please bring it to any of our hazardous waste disposal sites (see the Proper Disposal tab), so that other residents can give it second-chance at use through our SafeChem Swap Shop.
The link can provide you with more details about our SafeChem Swap Shop program including location address, hours of service, and how you can browse the shop and save on supply cost on your next project.
Motor oil is not biodegradable or compostable.
It is illegal to dump motor oil on the ground, down the drain or sewer, or into any surface water or groundwater. You can be fined up to $1,000 ($2,500 for a business) and sentenced to 90 days in jail if you illegally dispose of used motor oil in Michigan.
Chemicals and hazardous waste, including motor oil, should not go in your cubside single-stream recycling cart as it puts recycling trucks and the Recycling Center at increased risk for fire and exposes sort line workers to chemicals. It also can leak onto other recyclables and contaminate them.
Motor oil, gas-oil mixes, and other automotive fluids are hazardous materials so they need to be handled by our SafeChem-Household Hazardous Waste program staff prior to recycling (see the Proper Disposal tab).
Additionally, some of the Community Disposal Outlets listed below also recycle motor oil.
Motor oil, gas-oil mixes, and other automotive fluids are accepted for recycling through any of our five SafeChem-Household Hazardous Waste Disposal sites during designated service hours. The link can provide you with the details of this FREE program!
No commercial hazardous waste from businesses, schools, non-profits, etc. — strictly residential hazardous waste. See the Community Disposal Outlets below for commercial hazardous waste solutions.
Motor oil is a hazardous material, it is prohibited by the State of Michigan and Environmental Protection Agency from going into the landfill or waste to energy facility. Chemicals and hazardous waste, such as automotive fluids, should not go in your curbside trash cart as it puts trash trucks and our trash disposal sites at increased risk for explosions and fire.
Below you will find businesses and community outlets that may accept this item/material.