T14 waste exemption: crushing and emptying vehicle waste oil filters

The T14 exemption allows you to recover oil from oil filters before they're crushed so they can be transported for recovery.

Types of activity you can carry out

At a garage you can change an oil filter during a vehicle service, drain the oil from the old filter and then crush it to make it easier to store before it is collected to be recovered.

Types of activity you cannot carry out

You cannot:

  • crush any other part of a vehicle under this exemption
  • mix hazardous waste with other hazardous or non-hazardous waste

Type of waste you can treat

The waste codes are listed in the List of Wastes (LoW) Regulations. You need to make sure your waste fits within the relevant waste code and description.

Waste code Type of waste
160107* Oil filters

Amount of waste you can treat

You can store up to one tonne of crushed and emptied waste oil filters at any one time.

Key conditions

The equipment used to treat the waste is:

  • designed for crushing oil filters
  • designed and maintained to make sure that oil does not escape during treatment

The treatment of the waste oil filters takes place as soon as possible after the oil filter is removed from the vehicle.

The treatment of the waste oil filters must take place where the filters are removed.

What else you need to know

Waste oil and waste oil filters should be stored in a container with secondary containment to prevent it escaping into the environment.

Register a T14 exemption

You must register this exemption with the Environment Agency if you meet the requirements:

If you want to treat other parts of an end-of-life vehicle, you must to apply for an environmental permit.


Place of production – the place where the waste was originally produced.

Secondary containment – a bund or any other system for preventing waste that has leaked from its main container from escaping from the place where it is stored or treated.

Published 28 April 2014