Waste oils

Waste oils include all mineral or synthetic lubricating and industrial oils, which have become unusable for their original purpose (e.g. transmission oils, machine oils, hydraulic oils). They are considered hazardous waste.

Used oil can be reused after special processing.

Waste oils must be recycled according to section 16 paragraph 3 of the AWG 2002 and otherwise thermally recycled.


In general, these rules also apply for traders from EU Member States that have their registered office in Austria.

Legal basis

section 16 paragraph 3 of the Abfallwirtschaftsgesetz 2002 (AWG 2002)

Translated by the European Commission
Last update: 17 February 2021

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