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
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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