During a long winter, you might find yourself frequently using a snowblower to remove snow from your driveway and the sidewalk. Changing your snowblower oil regularly is essential to ensuring your machine runs smoothly. You can dispose of your used snowblower oil at:
- select gas stations
- recycle centers
- offer it to a commercial or private property who uses the oil for heating purposes.
However, there are a couple of things you should know about each of these methods to ensure you dispose of the oil safely and do not break any laws.
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How To Safely Transport Snowblower Oil
One crucial factor in disposing of snowblower oil is transporting your used product safely. Firstly, you need to make sure the oil is cooled down so you don’t burn yourself when draining oil from the engine. Snowblower oil can become incredibly hot and will melt through a storage device if it is transferred to a container straight after use. To be on the safe side, make sure to leave your snowblower for at least thirty minutes before removing the oil from the engine.
Once your used snowblower oil has cooled, transfer it into an empty container or jug. The best way to move the oil is by using a funnel so you don’t spill any on the ground, not only is this hazardous it’s also very hard to clean (I speak from experience). Be sure that the container you transport the oil in has a sealable lid to prevent it leaks and damage to the interior of your vehicle. If you’re storing your snowblower oil to dispose of it at a later date, make sure to keep it out of direct sunlight and away from children and pets.
Recycling Your Snowblower Oil At Gas Stations
Snowblower oil is very similar to motor engine oil used in cars, except snowblower lubricant tends to keep its fluidity at lower temperatures. As a result, many of the same laws and regulations on regular motor oil also apply to snowblower oil.
In many states across the US, it is illegal is dispose of engine oil simply by throwing it in the trash, as oil can contaminate water supplies and cause significant damage to irrigation systems. A straightforward and earth-friendly alternative is to recycle your used oil at a nearby gas station. Many gas stations across the country will take your used oil. However, they may charge a fee for this service. I recommend calling ahead to see if it’s a service offer and how much they charge.
Heating Homes And Commercial Properties With Used Oil
Many repair shops and garages will have a use for your old snowblower oil, and will likely take it off your hands for free, as it supplies the business with free fuel. Some households also use oil-based heating systems in their homes, especially in rural areas. Consider asking around the neighborhood to see if anybody has a use for your old oil.
If you’re planning on disposing of the snowblower oil in this way, you’re best off saving up a considerable amount (at least a couple of gallons’ worth) before offering it to local businesses.
Local Recycling Centres
Finally, consider taking your used snowblower oil to a local recycling center. These locations often have large containers for you to pour your oil into. These centers are often run by the local councils and therefore your oil will be safely recycled. There’s often more information about this service (and other similar services) on the local garbage and recycling plant website.
Alternatively, consider joining a local Facebook group and asking for additional information about the service there as many locals are also looking to do the same (I found this the best thing to do when moving to a new neighborhood). Again, as this requires you to take the time to transport the oil I’ve found the best thing to do is to store it up for the year and do one dedicated trip or take it when dropping off other items.