Wisconsin Used Oil Management regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Wisconsin Used Oil Management: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Used oil management rules: Wisconsin Administrative Code (WAC), Department of Natural Resources (NR) 679.01 to 679.82

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Used oil filter and used oil absorbent material disposal ban: Wisconsin Statutes Annotated (WSA) 287.07(4m)

Regulatory Agency

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Air, Waste, and Remediation & Redevelopment Division Waste and Materials Management Program

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Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Wisconsin follows the federal used oil management standards. There are no additional state provisions. Wisconsin bans the disposal of used oil, used automotive engine oil filters, and oil absorbent materials in solid waste landfills.

Administration and enforcement. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Waste and Materials Management Program administers and enforces the state's used oil management rules.

State Requirements


WSA 287.07(4m)

Wisconsin prohibits the disposal in a solid waste landfill of:

  • Used oil, and
  • Used oil filters.

Used oil-containing materials, including absorbents, may be disposed of in a solid waste landfill only if:

  • There is no free-flowing oil in or on the absorbent material, and
  • The absorbent and the liquid absorbed are not hazardous waste.
Guidance Documents

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