Media Release

Successful Home Heating Oil Recovery Program Continues

Friday, January 19, 2007 12:00 AM
4:20 p.m.
ALACHUA COUNTY - The Alachua County Environment Protection Department (EPD) is continuing its program to recover heating oil from abandoned or unused residential heating oil tanks.  This is a free service benefiting residential property owners in Alachua County. 
In speaking of the program, Alachua County Environment Protection Department Director Chris Bird said, "By eliminating heating oil from tanks that pose contamination concerns from old and leaking systems we protect both surface and groundwater resources .  The heating oil, pumped out and recovered by county staff, is recycled and used for fuel blending.'
Since the inception of the program in March 2005, 71 homeowners have participated and EPD has recovered and properly managed over 9,400 gallons of heating oil.  
If you are interested in participating in this program or receiving additional information, please contact Tim Ramsey at 352-264-6843 or the Hazardous Waste Collection Center at 352-334-0440.  Commercial properties are not eligible to participate in the program.


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).