Used Oil Collection Center Best Management Practices

In addition to the requirements in the law, the following is a list of best management practices recommended by the DEP for the set up, design and operation of used oil collection centers.

Double-walled tanks are preferable because they take up less space and eliminate the
need for secondary containment, which requires precipitation management and upkeep.
Some types of tanks are also designed with large spill-proof openings to facilitate
pouring used oil into tanks.

Site should be level, constructed on nonporous and non-flammable materials. Tank
should be seated on firm surface, preferably on a concrete pad.

Collection centers should have signs indicating that only used oil will be accepted and
should include a list of unacceptable wastes. Unacceptable wastes include: gasoline,
antifreeze solvents or chemical solutions and any used oil that has been mixed with
another material.

Check dike on a daily basis and report any leak, spill or damage to the system to the
Department of Environmental Protection immediately by calling 1-800-482-0777.

Routinely inspect all sides of the tank, including under the tank as well as the
containment device.

Maintain records of inspections of the tank and dike overfill device for documentation
of compliance with operational requirements.

Keep a spill kit accessible. It should include loose sorbent material, sorbent pads, a
plastic shovel, a pair of nitrile or neoprene rubber gloves and a sealable container for
temporary storage of spill debris.

The tank and/or collection area must be locked when attendant is unavailable.

Keep funnel cover closed when not in use.

Do not lift or transport tank containing product.

Maintain a logbook containing the name, telephone number and amount of oil brought
for collection.

Develop a simplified spill plan that includes emergency telephone numbers, clean-up
measures, routine inspections and employee training.

Send collected oil for refinement via a Maine licensed used oil transporter.