Important Information About the New Disposal Policy
for Managers and Generators of Used Oil Filters
Businesses may still dispose of used oil and gas filters at the Waste-To-Energy Facility throughout the year, but they must adhere to the following requirements:
- Arrange for direct transport to the facility. This ensures that this material will not be diverted to the landfill along with regular municipal solid waste.
- Thoroughly drain the filters.
- Use leak-proof containers to transport the filters to the facility.
- Use collection containers sized so that one person can dump the containers into the designated receptacle at the plant.
- Upon arrival at the scale-house, notify the attendant that the material is "Oily Waste." An employee is on duty at the facility's tipping area to answer questions and direct you to the proper dumping location.
Disposal Fee: The disposal fee for used oil and gas filters is $150.00 per ton. Your vehicle will be weighed upon entering and exiting the facility. You will be supplied with a receipt showing the type and amount of materials disposed. The scale house attendant will accept a check ,cash or credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Discover).
Hours of Operation: The facility is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 6:30 a.m. till noon Saturday.
Questions: If you have any questions, please call the Solid Waste Division at (239) 533-8000.
Disposal Policy: The Lee County Solid Waste Division has recently been required to change its policy on the disposal of used oil filters from businesses in Lee and Hendry counties. Until recently, it has been allowable for business generators to dispose of their (drained) used oil and gas filters in the regular garbage collection system, since virtually all of this material has been processed at the Lee County Waste-To-Energy Facility (WTE). When it was required to divert some of the solid waste to the landfill, the Division has ensured that residential garbage was diverted and not business garbage.
Because of the growth of Lee County, it is no longer always possible to divert only the residential solid waste to the landfill. Although the WTE is performing well, there are typically two scheduled maintenance outages for each of the two combustion units each year. Businesses in our area have been fortunate during the last years to be able to easily dispose of waste oil filters by this environmentally sound method after the Florida Department of Environmental Protection prohibited the disposal of this waste in landfills.