Used Oil and Glycol Products (fluids and containers)


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Used oil and glycol are hazardous wastes – they contain toxic chemicals and heavy metals such as lead and cadmium that must be disposed of properly. Safe disposal is very important – these materials should never be put in the garbage or poured down the drain.  Government regulations ban such practices in Newfoundland and Labrador.

In Newfoundland & Labrador, the management of used oil and glycol falls under the Used Oil Management Association (UOMA) – an industry-led producer responsibility organization. Residents can properly dispose of used oil and glycol products by finding a drop off location. Businesses that generate a quantity of used oil products can find a Registered UOMA Collector and have the products picked up. Learn more at

Products that must be recycled:

Oil: Petroleum or synthetic derived crankcase oil, engine oil and gear oil, hydraulic fluid, transmission fluid and heat transfer fluid, and fluid used for lubricating purposes in machinery or equipment.

Filters: Spin-on style or element style fluid filters used in hydraulic, transmission or internal combustion engine applications and oil filters, diesel fuel filters, storage tank fuel filters and household furnace oil filters other than gasoline filters.

Oil and Glycol Containers: Oil containers with a capacity of up to 50 litres manufactured for the purpose of holding an oil product.

Aerosol Containers: Aerosol containers manufactured for the purpose of holding an oil product as well as aerosol containers used to contain products used as brake cleaner.

Glycol: Antifreeze (ethylene or propylene glycol used or intended for use as vehicle or commercial engine coolant).

Used Oil Products currently NOT accepted in the program include: plumbing antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, lock de-icer, gasoline and diesel fuel antifreeze. (Remember that windshield washer fluid containers can be recycled at the curb where curbside recycling programs exist).

Eastern Regional Service Board – Collection Events

Eastern Regional Service Board provides disposal services and collection events for household hazardous waste (HHW), such as oil, paint, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries.

Location: Servicing communities in Eastern Newfoundland (metro municipalities are serviced by the Residential Drop-off at the Robin Hood Bay Regional Landfill).
Phone: 709-579-7960

Recycle My Oil – Used Oil/Glycol Recycling Program

The Used Oil Management Association (UOMA) operates an industry-led and government-approved used oil and glycol recycling program in Newfoundland and Labrador that provides residents with province-wide drop-off locations.

Drop off locations include retailers/businesses registered as UOMA Collection Facilities. These Collection Facilities include garages, car dealerships, oil retailers, and many regional waste management authorities.

Location: Visit Recycle My Oil to view the list of drop off sites for residents/DIYers
Phone: 709-726-5556

Residential Drop-Off – Robin Hood Bay Regional Waste Management Facility

The Robin Hood Bay Regional Waste Management Facility provides residents in the eastern waste management region with free disposal services at the Residential Drop-Off site. Items accepted include: bulk waste, beverage containers (excludes glass), mixed containers, paper, cardboard, electronics, garbage, household hazardous waste (HHW), paint, oil, yard waste scrap metal and MMSB program tires (highway, passenger, light truck and motorcycle tires).

Location: 340 East White Hills Road, St. John’s
Phone: 311

Think About It

Store used oil in a clean container that’s clearly marked and out-of-reach of children.