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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) encourages Floridians to protect natural resources and underground drinking water supplies by properly disposing used motor oil at public collection centers throughout the State.

Recycling and properly disposing of used oil will prevent contamination of Florida's water. The Department's world-class used oil recycling program provides Floridians with a simple and effective way to dispose of used oil – free of charge.

Nationwide, approximately 200 million gallons of used oil are dumped on the ground or poured into storm drains every year. Improperly disposed oil can contaminate drinking water and harm aquatic animal and plant life. Just five gallons of motor oil can render one million gallons of water undrinkable. The oil can also create a film on top of rivers and lakes, depriving aquatic plant life of necessary sunlight and nutrients.

Statewide, only 35 percent of the more than seven million gallons of motor oil used annually is recycled. FDEP strives to prevent environmental damage by encouraging Floridians to recycle used oil at one of the 1,100 Public Used Oil Collection Centers located throughout the State. In 2008, Florida's nationally recognized Public Used Oil Collection Centers successfully recycled 2,302,169 gallons of used oil.

All Public Used Oil Collection Centers serve as free used motor oil recycling centers. To find a Public Used Oil Collection Center near you call 1-800-741-4DEP.


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Last updated: March 18, 2014

Permitting and Compliance Assistance Program #850-245-8707 MS #4550

 

Division of Waste Management #850-245-8705 MS #4500
2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400

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