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Used motor oil is a hazardous substance that requires special handling. Do not place motor oil in the trash or recycling and never dump it in sewers or household drains.

The City of Madison has four drop-off sites for used motor oil that are managed by City Engineering. 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 Jack Brody of City Engineering at (608) 267-9408

In addition to the public sites, 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

Open locations


Closed locations

  • Northeast: CLOSED TEMPORARILY FOR REPAIRS. The Wheeler/School Road will reopen in 2019 after the repairs have been completed.
  • 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.
  • South: CLOSED INDEFINITELY. The site at the Dane County Highway Garage (2302 Fish Hatchery Rd) is closed due to contamination. For additional information about this site contact the Dane County Highway Department at (608) 266-4261.

Businesses who will accept used oil from the public