Frequent Questions

Are used oil filters regulated as RCRA hazardous waste?

Certain used oil filters are excluded from regulation as a RCRA hazardous waste. Non-terne plated oil filters that are not mixed with listed hazardous wastes are excluded from the RCRA Subtitle C program if they are hot-drained by one of the following methods: puncturing and hot-draining; hot-draining and crushing; dismantling and hot-draining; or hot-draining by an equivalent method that removes used oil (40 CFR Section 261.4(b)(13)). Once these conditions are met, these filters may be disposed of or recycled as nonhazardous waste.

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