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    When you take your car in for an oil change they charge you an "oil disposal" fee, yet they have a big sign which says "We accept used oil for disposal" at no charge.

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    The government requires that they accept a certain amount of used oil at no charge if they sell new oil, even though there are costs involved in doing this, such as storage.
    I have never paid an oil disposal fee. That is just a way to jack up the price of an oil change. Of course, if you are supplying the oil so that they are not making a profit on the oil, I can understand the charge.
    Gary L.
    Wappinger, NY

    SDC member since 1968
    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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    • #3
      Next time tell them you'll take your used oil home and hand them an empty container (LOL). You know that they sell the "used" oil for boiler fuel. Go to a pull a part junk yard and they charge you an environmental fee no mater what the part is. Fees are just a way to charge extra. Most government agencies are great at tacking on extra fees as they are not taxes and thus don't need approval Just look at your phone bill and all the extra fees that have noting to do with phone service. RANT RANT RANT

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      • #4
        Tire shops also charge a disposal fee, whether you take your tires home with you or not.

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        • #5
          Advance Auto takes used oil with no charge.
          Chip
          '63 Cruiser
          '57 Packard wagon
          '61 Lark Regal 4 dr wagon
          '50 Commander 4 dr sedan

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JayBird View Post
            You know that they sell the "used" oil for boiler fuel.
            Hardly! They may use it in their own waste oil burner or give it to someone with a waste oil furnace; but are otherwise required to have receipts and records of where that oil goes. Hence they have to pay companies like Safety-Kleen or Eco-Maxx to pick it up and haul it to their own recovery facilities. Same with anti-freeze.
            If you are operating a legitimate shop the EPA can stop in to examine your disposal records pretty much any time they want. And you had better have them.
            "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

            Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
            Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
            '33 Rockne 10,
            '51 Commander Starlight,
            '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
            '56 Sky Hawk

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            • #7
              Originally posted by tsenecal View Post
              Tire shops also charge a disposal fee, whether you take your tires home with you or not.
              Same with any electronic item, at least here.

              Craig

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