A Building Heated with Used Motor Oil?

posted 10/30/2018

If you can’t put it in the trash or pour it down the drain, then what can you do with old motor oil? Bring it to us, for free, and help heat our building!

During the winter, our Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-off in Bondurant is heated with an EPA approved used motor oil furnace. The motor oil is dumped into a 2,000 gallon tank, then pumped into the furnace that has blowers to circulate the heat. It stays toasty warm in the warehouse and helps the environment by reducing our consumption of natural gas!

Our staff appreciates the warmth, so we’ll take all the used motor oil you have for disposal! However, to go in our furnace motor oil cannot be mixed with any other liquids, not even water. And don’t worry, we have a back-up heater but rarely need to use it!

For your convenience, used motor oil and other hazardous materials can be dropped off at multiple collection sites:

Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off | Map
1105 Prairie Drive SW, Bondurant, IA
Hours: Tuesday – Friday from 1:00 – 5:00 pm
1st and 3rd Saturday from 8:00 am - Noon

Northwest Drop-Off Map
Metro Northwest Transfer Station 
4105 Beisser Dr., Grimes, IA
BY APPOINTMENT: Tuesday – Thursday from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm               
MARCH-DECEMBER: 2nd Saturday from 8:00 am – Noon                               

Houseside Collection
Residents of Clive, Johnston, Norwalk, Urbandale, and West Des Moines can utilize houseside collection services on an as-needed basis.

If you are a business, we’ll take your used motor oil too. Check out our safe disposal options for businesses.