Motor oil

Used motor oil contains toxic substances that can contaminate our land, ground water and ocean. The County of Hawai‘i operates a program for the do-it-yourself person who changes their own non-business vehicle’s motor oil. Please take it to one of the locations below.

Unfortunately, at this time, empty motor oil containers are not recyclable at a global level. Research is being conducted to study how to remove oil from plastic, but is still in development. To avoid contamination of other recyclable plastic, empty motor oil containers need to be placed in regular disposal.

Another suggestion (thanks to a local resident!) is to let your used oil filter sit and drain the oil from the filter. Up to a quart of oil can be sitting in your oil filter, so maximize your recycling by draining the oil filter of old oil as well!

Commercial, Farm or Business Generators

Commercial, farm or business generators of used motor oil shall contact the following Used Motor Oil Collection Companies:

Unitek Solvent Services 935-8180 (islandwide service)
Hawaii Petroleum 961-2661 (islandwide service)
AKW Environmental 430-2339

For more options please see the Permitted Used Oil Transporters/Processors list on the State of Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Hazardous Waste Section’s website.  Commercial businesses, farms or agencies are prohibited from using household only drop-off services.

Do-It-Yourself Used Motor Oil Generators

Acceptable materials are:

  • used motor oil
  • gear oil
  • shock oil
  • hydraulic oil
  • transmission oil
  • diesel

There is a 10 gallon limit from household do-it-yourself generators only.  Do not use bleach, antifreeze or pesticide bottles to transport your used motor oil as this will contaminate the oil.

Unacceptable materials are:

  • any material from an automotive or mechanic business, other businesses, agencies, non-profits or from a farm; prohibited by law
  • gasoline
  • water contaminated fuels or oils
  • brake fluid
  • solvents and thinners
  • paints
  • antifreeze
  • anything mixed with oil

Save these materials and take them to a Household Hazardous Waste Collection event. For more information see Household Hazardous Waste.

Acceptable oils and diesel may be taken to the following locations during business hours. Do not leave materials unattended.

West Hawai‘i

  • O’Reilly Auto Parts (Kailua-Kona) 
    74-5586 Palani Rd.
    808-326-2211
    Monday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Kealakehe High School Building S – Temporarily not accepting oil
    74-5000 Puohulihuli Street
    895-6969 ext. 266
    School days only, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

North Hawai‘i

  • Cartow Kohala – Temporarily not accepting oil
    Kohala, 889-1061 Please call first
    Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • RPM – Kawaihae
    61-3638 Kawaihae Road
    Monday to Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    345-1830 Please call first.

East Hawai‘i

  • Lex Brodie’s Tire & Service Center – Temporarily not accepting oil
    170 Wiwoole St., Hilo
    Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    464-6252 Please call first.
  • Pa‘auilo Village Service
    43-1494 Hauola Road
    776-1542 Please call first.
    Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

South Hawai‘i

  • South Point U-Cart
    Prince Kuhio Street, Ocean View
    929-9666
    Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed for lunch from noon to 1:00 p.m.)
    Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to noon