The Public Works Department is a state approved used oil collection center. The Tennessee Used Oil Collection Act of 1993 makes it unlawful for any person to discharge used oil where it may harm the environment. It is illegal to dispose of used oil down a drain, into a storm sewer, lake, river, stream, or on the street or the ground.
When performing maintenance or repairs on your vehicle it is important to remember that the only proper method of disposal for used motor oil, oil filters, and antifreeze is to recycle it at a used oil and antifreeze collection site.
First, collect the oil in a clean container making sure not to spill any fluid on the pavement or soil, then bring the oil to your nearest used oil collection location.
It's important to clean up even small spills. Use an approved absorbent or cat litter to absorb the spill and then collect this material and dispose of in the trash.