North Carolina Used Oil Management regulations & environmental compliance analysis

North Carolina Used Oil Management: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Used oil management standards: 15A North Carolina Administrative Code (NCAC) 13A.0118 and General Statutes of North Carolina (N.C. Gen. Stat.) 130A-309.15 to 130A-309.24

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Used oil definition: N.C. Gen. Stat. 130A-290(b)(5)

Prohibited acts: N.C. Gen. Stat. 130A-309.15 and N.C. Gen. Stat. 130A-309.10(f)(10)

Transporter certification: N.C. Gen. Stat. 130A-309.23

Permits for recyclers: N.C. Gen. Stat. 130A-309.24

Regulatory Agency

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Waste Management Hazardous Waste Section

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. North Carolina adopts by reference the federal used oil management standards and adds several state requirements. These additional requirements include the definition of used oil, prohibited acts, certification of transporters, and permitting of used oil recycling facilities.

Administration and enforcement. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Division of Waste Management administers and enforces the used oil rules in North Carolina.

State Requirements


N.C. Gen. Stat. 130A-290(b)(5)

North Carolina handlers of used oil should note that the state's definition of what constitutes used oil is broader and, therefore, more inclusive than the federal definition. In North Carolina, used oil recycling standards apply to any oil that is "refined from crude oil or synthetic oil and, as a result of use, storage, or handling, has become unsuitable for its original purpose due to the presence of impurities or loss of original properties, but which may be suitable for further use and is economically recyclable."

By including oil that has ...

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