Used motor oil is a major pollutant of soil and water. When poured down storm sewers, it flows directly into streams and lakes where it kills wildlife. When poured on the ground, it contaminates soil, and may contaminate wells.
Recycling used motor oil keeps the environment safe and saves resources.
Residents can recycle waste oil at various private service stations and municipal areas around Somerset County.
Many of the sites may have a limit to the amount of oil they will collect at one time, may require that oil be dropped off during business hours or may require that oil be in one gallon containers. Residents are advised to call ahead to know what specific requirements are.
Residents also can take advantage of drop-off events on selected Saturdays to drop off used motor oil, antifreeze, used oil filters and tires at the Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane in Bridgewater, from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 732-469-3363 or view a listing of Saturday Drop-off events.