Used Oil Filters


Used oil filters must be thoroughly drained of all oil prior to disposal. Florida law does not allow disposal of used oil filters in a landfill or in any trash destined for a landfill. If your local disposal company sends it's collected refuse to a waste to energy (waste incinerator) plant, you may be able to obtain written permission to dispose of your drained used oil filters in the trash. These used oil filters must still be thoroughly drained.

  • keep processed filters in a separate container that is clearly marked "USED OIL FILTERS ONLY"
  • put oil drained from filters into your "USED OIL ONLY" container

  • consider crushing used oil filters - this will increase the amount of oil drained and could reduce disposal costs

  • put used oil filters in the trash dumpster unless you have documentation that the filters will be accepted by a waste to energy (waste incineration) plant approved to accept filters

For more information concerning the proper handling of used oil filters, contact the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Solid and Hazardous Waste ( or the Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management ( This information is offered only as guidance. Specific requirements may vary with individual processes and/or businesses.