Protecting Oregon's Environment
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Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Land Quality 

Hazardous Waste

HW Identification Numbers, Reporting and Fees
Technical Assistance
Toxics Use and Hazardous Waste Reduction
Conferences, Training & Workshops

Used Oil Management   

Used oil is produced in many service and industrial activities such as auto repair, metal working, machine lubrication, refrigeration, and hydraulic equipment repair. Used oil can be recycled to make new lubricants or used as an industrial fuel when properly managed. When properly recycled, used oil is excluded from regulation as a hazardous waste. It is important that used oil be properly recycled to prevent potential pollution of the air, land, surface water, and groundwater. Used oil can contain cancer-causing agents, metal contaminants, and organic compounds that filter into the groundwater supply when the used oil is dumped or sprayed as a dust suppressant. Such contamination can result in serious hazards to human health.

These checklists are used by DEQ's used oil inspectors in the field to determine if a facility is following all of the applicable used oil and hazardous waste regulations. DEQ is providing these checklists so that the regulated community knows the type of regulations DEQ is looking for during inspections.


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For more information about DEQ's Land Quality programs, visit the DEQ contact page.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Headquarters: 700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97232
Phone: 503-229-5696 or toll free in Oregon 1-800-452-4011
Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900  FAX: 503-229-6124

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is a regulatory agency authorized to protect Oregon's environment by
the State of Oregon and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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