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Re: O'Reilly's took my used oil but not the bottles; should I throw them in garbage? [Re: Whammo] #5386595 03/26/20 08:57 PM
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We have curbside oil recycling. Pretty nice.


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Re: O'Reilly's took my used oil but not the bottles; should I throw them in garbage? [Re: Whammo] #5386613 03/26/20 09:16 PM
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You should put them in the dishwasher on warm, then fill them up with simple green, rinse with water, and dry them with a linen cloth!


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Re: O'Reilly's took my used oil but not the bottles; should I throw them in garbage? [Re: Whammo] #5386621 03/26/20 09:27 PM
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I think it's autozone that doesn't take oil bottles. Probably takes up too much space in the trash can.


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Re: O'Reilly's took my used oil but not the bottles; should I throw them in garbage? [Re: Whammo] #5386622 03/26/20 09:29 PM
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I re-use them to return used oil and recycle the containers that have never had used oil in them.
I have one that's made at least a half dozen trips to the AA...


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Re: O'Reilly's took my used oil but not the bottles; should I throw them in garbage? [Re: pbm] #5386624 03/26/20 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by pbm
I re-use them to return used oil and recycle the containers that have never had used oil in them.
I have one that's made at least a half dozen trips to the AA...

Recycle truck in our city will squash all the recycle goods - take them to their base to be sorted and when they catch an oil container, it's assumed that used oil remnants are inside and treated as such, even thou virgin oil remains.

I really don't know of any recycle center that will remove the cap to see what's inside. They just discard them-all.


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Re: O'Reilly's took my used oil but not the bottles; should I throw them in garbage? [Re: Whammo] #5386629 03/26/20 09:42 PM
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Our garbage/recycler says we can recycle:

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Plastic Bottles (empty, crush, reattach lid): Bottles and jugs that have a small mouth and wider base, such as milk jugs, soda bottles, laundry detergent bottles, water bottles, shampoo bottles and contact solution bottles.

They have a list of items you can't recycle and nothing mentioned about exceptions, including oils, fluids, etc. Mine go in the recycle bin....

Re: O'Reilly's took my used oil but not the bottles; should I throw them in garbage? [Re: Whammo] #5386632 03/26/20 09:50 PM
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When in doubt throw it out. We don't have landfills for nothing. There's jobs in that garbage.

Re: O'Reilly's took my used oil but not the bottles; should I throw them in garbage? [Re: Whammo] #5386658 03/26/20 10:53 PM
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O'Reilly's has never taken the oil containers. They don't even want you to throw them in their trash bin. Autozone always asks if I want them back. I reuse a big 2.5 gal jug that I've had for years.


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Re: O'Reilly's took my used oil but not the bottles; should I throw them in garbage? [Re: Rand] #5386662 03/26/20 11:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Rand
its hit or miss.. they will toss them in their dumpster for me about 50% of the time.


I try and reuse them when I can.


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Re: O'Reilly's took my used oil but not the bottles; should I throw them in garbage? [Re: Whammo] #5386724 03/27/20 04:06 AM
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I'd leave them upside down on a grate over a drain pan over night to fully drain and become as dry as possible, then toss them into regular trash.

The amount of residual oil film left over in the bottles after draining a night isn't going to matter in a landfill. The problem is when people dump oil in the incorrect place, or large quantities of oil in a landfill enough to move and migrate around or possibly pass through whatever membrane they use for the landfill barrier. Nothing left on the walls of a plastic bottle is enough to make a difference when the landfill is all done and capped over.


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Re: O'Reilly's took my used oil but not the bottles; should I throw them in garbage? [Re: NoNameJoe] #5386735 03/27/20 05:15 AM
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Originally Posted by NoNameJoe
I'd leave them upside down on a grate over a drain pan over night to fully drain and become as dry as possible

I do this because I use the same container to collect the drained oil next time. Our local AutoZone takes the containers. Like this, I have gathered almost half a quart of oil.

Re: O'Reilly's took my used oil but not the bottles; should I throw them in garbage? [Re: Whammo] #5386768 03/27/20 06:37 AM
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Technically, you can reduce the amount of plastic material as well as the amount of oil film by not using 1 quart containers. If there are no recycling Centers (shame), pitch them in the garbage.


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Re: O'Reilly's took my used oil but not the bottles; should I throw them in garbage? [Re: Whammo] #5386775 03/27/20 06:53 AM
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Not recyclable here; instructions state to just toss them in the trash. I feel like a real jerk every time I do it!


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Re: O'Reilly's took my used oil but not the bottles; should I throw them in garbage? [Re: Whammo] #5386776 03/27/20 06:54 AM
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Reuse or recycle if possible.


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Re: O'Reilly's took my used oil but not the bottles; should I throw them in garbage? [Re: Whammo] #5386777 03/27/20 06:54 AM
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Many times our recycling is being rejected by the people that buy it due to too much contamination. If it's over a certain % (I think 3%) they will reject the load and it goes to landfill. Do not put oil containers in recycling.

I think we've done a poor job of rolling out recycling years ago. Too much YOU MUST RECYCLE. Instead of teaching people how to do it properly.

Off my soapbox...


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