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How disposing of used oil ?


Vacuum oil extraction pumps are designed to pump out used oil from your vehicle, but what are you going to do with that used oil, afterwards ?

Recycling used oil is controlled by law. Recycling used oil must be performed only by specialized company and organisms entitled to recycle or destroy them.


  • Waste collecting sites
    Waste collecting sites have their own dedicated containers to collect used oil..


  • Garages
    Auto mechanics can also collect, free of charge, used oils.


  • Port areas
    Harbours are now equipped with oil collecting sites, used by fishermen and yacht men wishing to perform their own oil changes.

Have your used oil recycled. Respect the law and the environment.


Never dispose of used oil in a dust bin or in the sewerage system.

In case you dispose or used oil in the sewerage system, it may clog filters of water-treatment plants.


Never dispose of used oil in the countryside and never burn it. Trespassers will be prosecuted.

To burn used oil, high temperatures and specific fume treatment equipments are required. When burning used oil is performed in poor conditions, poisonous fumes are released into the atmosphere. When the temperature of combustion is too low, carcinogenic matters are released.

Caution : in case you decide to burn your used oil or if you dispose of it in the countryside or in the sewerage system, you will be subject to a fine. 


Used oil is very polluting because its density is lower than the density of water. Example: 1 litre of used oil can cover about 1000m² of water and reduce oxygenation of both wildlife and plants.


Recycled used oil can be used to produce base oil to manufacture new lubricants.

About 90% of used oils are collected and recycled each year. This is quite encouraging, but there is no room for complacency. Vidange Facile is very involved in this international awareness on the protection of environment and will inform you with good practices.

By collecting used oil and taking them to waste collecting centres where they are recycled, you limit the impact on earth and preserve our environment for future generations.

The Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing, the DREAL and the ADEME, in France, are setting plans to collect and recycle used oils. They also perform a monthly following-up of data.

Please click here to read the last report 2009 of the ADEME, related to the treatment of used oils.