Used Oil Grants

Division of Solid Waste Management

Eligible Applicants:

Used oil grants are funded under the Used Oil Collection Act of 1993. This Act allows for a two cent ($0.02) fee to be collected against every quart of oil sold. Revenue from this fee provides for the administration of the Act as well as providing technical and financial assistance in establishing used oil collection and disposal for do-it-yourselfers.

Tennessee municipalities, counties and counties having a metropolitan form of government to establish and operate used oil collection centers at publicly owned facilities or other suitable public or private locations are eligible for funding consideration. 

Eligible Projects:

Typical equipment for this grant include: oil collection containers, containment structures, shelter covers, and used oil burners. 

Funding & Matching Requirements: 

The Department has allocated $1,500,000 for this offering for FY 2016-2017.  Grants may be awarded for $65,200 per collection center. Three priorities have been established for this offering:

  • First priority will be given to establish an oil collection center in a new convenience center. 
  • Second priority will be given to upgrade or replace existing equipment at collection centers not currently meeting the standards specified in the Used Oil Collection & Recycling Grant Program Requirements.  
  • Third priority will be given to establish a Do It Yourself “DIY” used oil collection at a recycling center, solid waste collection facility, or other publicly owned facility.

This is a non-matching grant.

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To obtain applications, please contact Loretta Harrington at (615) 532-0086 or