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Used motor oil is a hazardous substance that requires special handling. Used oil should not be put in the trash and should never be dumped in sewers or household drains.

The City of Madison has four drop-off sites for used motor oil and a fifth is operated by Dane County. These public sites are always open. You must empty your oil into a tank on site.

For questions on the public waste oil recycling sites contact gdreckmann@cityofmadison.com or call 608-267-2626

In addition, there are several area businesses that will accept used oil from the public.

General Guidelines
  • Used motor oil only. No gasoline, antifreeze or cleaning solvents. For cooking oil recycling
  • For Gasoline, Kerosene, and Fuel Oil call (608) 243-0368.
  • Empty oil bottles should be put in the trash. Do not recycle empty oil bottles.

City Waste Oil Drop-off Locations for the Public
  • East: City Garage, First and East Johnson Streets
  • East: Monona Golf Course, Monona Drive and East Dean Avenue
  • Northeast: Wheeler and School Roads
  • South: Dane Co. Highway Garage, Fish Hatchery and Badger Roads
  • West: Glenway Golf Course, 3747 Speedway Road (The Glenway site is closed due to a contamination problem. Use one of the other sites or see a list of alternatives below.)

Businesses who will accept used oil from the public