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Generators of Used Oil

Basic requirements for those who generate Used Oil.

Used oil generators can be service stations, governments, businesses, or anyone who changes his/her own oil. If you are a used oil generator you are not required to register or report your used oil recycling activities to the TCEQ, but, you must store used oil in containers that are in good condition and label them "used oil." You must respond to a release of used oil immediately by stopping the release, containing the release, and cleaning up and properly managing the used oil release and other materials. You must also maintain records on the recycling or disposal of used oil.

If you are a generator and you transport 55 gallons or less of used oil in your own vehicle or an employee's vehicle to a used oil collection center, or to a used oil aggregation point, you are not required to register as a transporter. If you change your own oil, you can transport up to five gallons of used oil.

If you are a retailer dealer who sells more than 500 gallons of oil directly to the public, you must post Recycling Your Used Oil & Used Oil Filters (GI-170), a poster provided by the TCEQ that informs the public not to dispose of used oil or used oil filters improperly.

For more information about recycling other automotive waste, see Fleet Maintenance.