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Dispose of it safely - Houshold Hazardous Waste drop-offs

Motor oil can be brought to a Household Hazardous Waste drop-off at select fire stations and the Throw 'n' Go areas of The City landfills. It is free of charge* as part of the Household Hazardous Waste Program. Empty oil containers can also be brought in for safe disposal.

You can take up to 20 litres of household chemicals per week.

*Note: charges will apply at the Throw 'n' Go for mixed loads containing more than just household hazardous waste.


Landfill Throw 'n' Go areas are available when the landfills are open. The Household Hazardous Waste drop-offs at select fire stations are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Proper preparation and packaging

Never flush motor oil down your toilet, sink or drain as it is harmful to the environment and may damage the pipes in your home.

Household hazardous waste must be properly labelled and packaged:

  • Leave your leftover household hazardous waste in the original container or make sure it is clearly labelled indicating the true contents.
  • Your leftover household hazardous waste should be packaged securely in a sealed, spill-proof container.
  • If you would like to keep your container (jerry can, etc.) after disposing of the oil, you must go to one of the three landfill Throw n Go areas.
  • Do not put motor oil containers into your blue cart.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off


Dispose of it safely - commercial locations

For large commercial quantities visit the Alberta Used Oil Management Association website for drop off locations or call toll-free 1-800-463-6326. You can also refer to Alberta's Recycling Hotline for disposal options.

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