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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.

These sites are randomly tested to protect against contamination. If the sites are locked upon arrival, they should be available again the following day. Testing typically removes a drop-off site from service for 24 hours.

For questions on the public waste oil recycling sites contact 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...
  • Take gasoline, kerosene, fuel oil, and similar chemicals to Dane County Clean Sweep. You can call them at (608) 838-3212.
  • 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 County Highway Garage 2302 Fish Hatchery Rd. North side of the building near the old Clean Sweep site.
  • Southeast: Clean Sweep, Dane County Landfill 7102 US Highway 12


  • West: CLOSED. The Glenway Golf Course site is permanently closed due to contamination. Use one of the other sites or see a list of alternatives below.

Businesses who will accept used oil from the public