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Used Oil: Collection

Basic requirements for Used Oil and Used Oil Filter Collection Centers

A used oil collection center (UOCC) is any facility that accepts, stores, and manages used oil collected from generators who bring in shipments less than 55 gallons. Collection centers also may accept used oil from household do-it-yourselfers in quantities less than five gallons.

If you operate a UOCC, you must register with the TCEQ within 30 days of operation. To register, you must complete the Registration for Used Oil Collection Centers Form (TCEQ-0533).

Once you are registered, renewal of your UOCC registration is required by January 25 of odd numbered years. The TCEQ will send all registrants a renewal form by December 1 of the expiring year. Also, no later than January 25 of every year, UOCCs must report the amount of used oil collected during the previous calendar year to the TCEQ. You may download the Annual Reporting Form for Used Oil Collection Centers (TCEQ-0567). The first sale of new automotive oil is subject to a fee collected by the Comptroller of Public AccountsExit the TCEQ .  To be eligible for the fee exemption on the sale of new automotive oil, a facility must be registered with the TCEQ as a UOCC, collect used oil from household do-it-yourselfers, and provide automotive oil sales and service to the public.

If you are interested in one-time household waste oil collection programs, see Organizing a Household Waste Collection Program.

A used oil filter collection center (UOFCC) is a facility that accepts, stores, and manages used oil filters collected from do-it-yourselfers. The UOFCCs should remove the free flowing oil from the filters they collect to the greatest extent feasible.

Texas Health & Safety Code, Chapter 371 Subchapter E (Sections 371.101-105)Exit the TCEQ  UOFCCs do not have to register or report their UOF activities to the TCEQ. TCEQ encourages voluntary UOFCC to help do-it-yourselfers recycle their used oil filters.