April 30, 2004
D. GARY DAVIS
BRADLEY COUNTY MAYOR
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Used Oil Recycling Program was established in 1993 to reduce the amount of improperly disposed used oil by providing incentives to increase the number of public collection facilities for used oil.
It is the purpose of the Used Oil Collection Act to provide for: (1) The establishment and maintenance of used oil collection facilities and programs that support used oil collection and recycling; (2) The development of management standards for used oil collectors, transporters, and recyclers; and (3) The promotion of educational programs to encourage the public to dispose of used oil properly.
Those who change their own oil, also known as do-it-yourselfers, generate more than one million gallons of used motor oil each year in Tennessee.
Unless it is disposed of properly, used motor oil can interfere with sewer systems and can easily get into Tennessee’s groundwater and streams. It doesn’t take much. A single gallon of used oil can contaminate one million gallons of drinking water.
Worse yet, it is estimated that up to 60 percent of the used motor oil generated by Tennessee do-it-yourselfers will end up in our waters.
The Tennessee Used Oil Collection Act of 1993, which was enacted to prevent the mismanagement of used oil, makes it unlawful (except under strictly specified conditions of a valid permit) for any person to discharge used oil where it may harm the environment. Violation of this law is a Class C misdemeanor (T.C.A. 68-21-1016).
Illegal disposal practices include: pouring oil down a drain; pouring used oil into a storm sewer; tossing used oil on your driveway, street, or the ground; disposing of oil in lakes, streams, or wetlands; spreading oil to suppress dust or kill weeds; burning oil outdoors; and mixing used oil with other substances.
Proper disposal of used oil is easy. Simply put your used oil in a clean plastic container with a tight lid. Don’t mix it with anything else such as paint, gasoline, solvents,
antifreeze, etc. Doing so will make the oil unsuitable for recycling. Take the used oil to a service station or other location that collects oil for recycling. Used oil recycling centers will accept up to five gallons a day from do-it-yourselfers.
Don’t forget about oil filters. If you change your oil filter, drain the old one by punching an air hole in the top and draining a minimum of 12 hours if the filter is hot, or 24 hours if it is cold. Dispose of the oil filter only after it is properly drained.
In an effort to assist and educate do-it-yourselfers with the proper disposal of used oil,
antifreeze, and used oil filters, Tennessee maintains a listing of 888 used oil collection
sites across the state. It is available to do-it-yourselfers who call the Used Oil Hotline, 1-
800-287-9013, or visit the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s
web page at www.tdec.net/dca/oil.
In Bradley County, the used oil collection sites are: Advance Auto Parts # 3550, 903
Keith Street, N.W.; AutoZone, 203 Keith Street, N.W.; AutoZone, 4365 Keith Street,
N.W.; Bradley County Landfill, 84 Landfill Rd., McDonald; Express Lane Professional
Auto, 2901 Keith Street, N.W.; Import Service Center, 122 Sunset Lane, N.E.; O’Reilly
Auto Parts # 936, 450 South Broad Street; and Tractor Supply Company # 368, 2750
Keith Street, N.W.