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Is anyone else having to pay for used oil recycling? The local company that picks up oil for recycling has decided that it needs to charge for a service that used to be free. They now want $.32/quart for waste oil pickup. That is over $70 for 55 gallons. They take this oil and sell it to re-refiners but they said that no-one is buying anymore and they are having to store it in rail cars. According to state law I am not allowed to charge my customers for oil recycling (I'd have to hide the cost in the price of new oil). I'm thinking I will have to get an oil burner so I can dispose of my own used oil. Anyone in other parts of the country having this problem?

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Here in Indiana they are paying us 35 cents per gallon. At no time during the 11 years we have been open have I ever had to pay to have oil disposed. It has either been free or they have paid us.

 

We have a waste oil heater and burn most of our waste oil. The oil we dispose of we get anywhere from 15 cents to 30 cents a gallon depending on the going price, but never ever had to pay someone to get rid of it.

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Safety Kleen picks up mine. When you have more than 100 gallons they will pick up for free. I am not sure what the cutoff is for how much they take before they actually pay you for it but I won't hit that cutoff anytime soon. I have 3 55 gallon drums and I call them when they are full. Every couple of months for me.

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Safety Kleen picks up mine. When you have more than 100 gallons they will pick up for free. I am not sure what the cutoff is for how much they take before they actually pay you for it but I won't hit that cutoff anytime soon. I have 3 55 gallon drums and I call them when they are full. Every couple of months for me.

 

Are they any other companies in your area that pick up waste oil. We no longer deal with Safety Kleen. We deal with a lubricate supplier that sells antifreeze, washer solvent (all in bulk) and other chemicals, and they also pick up our waste oil. And, like I said, they also pay us the the waste oil. We give them 250 to 400 gallons at a time and few times a year,that may be the difference.

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There are a few other companies around here that would pick up the oil but Safety Kleen was the only one that bothered to call me back. I guess other ones didn't want to be bothered with my small amount. I do get my parts washer serviced by them as well as my anti-freeze picked up by them. The parts washer service costs money bu the rest of the fluid pickups are free to me. I don't have any more room to store waste oil so I am just glad to have a place to get rid of it and have a record of where it went.

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I would also check to see if you have a Heritage-Crystal Clean.

 

http://www.crystal-clean.com/

 

They don't charge me for the oil filter pickup. I paid an installation fee for the 55 gallon drum and then the pickup and replacements of the drums are free. I also switched to them for my oil pickup as they are paying .60 a gallon for used oil as compared to Safety-Kleens .17 a gallon. They are also considerably cheaper on the parts washer solvent.

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