Motor Oil Containers (Empty)

Alternative ways to recycle
Burbank Recycle Center Drop-Off Hazardous Waste Drop-Off

Empty But Still Hazardous

Any leftover motor oil or residue is treated as Household Hazardous Waste (HHW).

Drained and completely EMPTY motor oil bottles in Burbank are recyclable (most are #2 HDPE plastic).  To ensure they are drained of all residue, follow these instructions:

Turn the bottle upside down for at least 30 minutes with some type of catchment underneath. Once the bottle is fully drained, put the cap back on and place in the recycling cart.


Do Not Reuse Empties

Putting other chemicals or products in an empty motor oil bottle is dangerous. You can inadvertently create toxic byproducts when the chemicals mix with the motor oil residue.

Alternative Ways to Recycle

Take to Service Stations

Just like with used motor oil and filters, you can take empty motor oil containers to an auto shop or service station. Find a shop or service station that’s certified.

Did You Know?

What Happens to Recycled Motor Oil

Used motor oil can be cleaned and recycled, which helps keep it out of waterways. Recycled oil is then used to make heating oil, asphalt and other petroleum-based products. It is usually not recycled and resold as motor oil.