Before starting to remove an old home heating oil tank, contact your local fire department to inquire about any permits and/or inspections required. Once emptied of all oil and oil residue, home heating oil tanks can and must be recycled as scrap metal. Be sure to cut a hole in the tank that is at least 12 inches square so the metal recycling facility staff can have a look inside to ensure the tank is empty. Go to Metal for a list of metal recycling facilities. You will need a permit from your local Fire Department to remove a buried oil tank. If the tank is unused or abandoned, any remaining heating oil should be removed by a qualified contractor and taken to an approved facility such as Envirosystems Inc. for disposal.
Report a spill or home heating oil leak immediately:
Emergency Management BC Emergency Response (24/7) 1-800-663-3456
And your local non-emergency phone number of your local Fire Department
Note: 2012 BC Fire Code, section 4.3.16 (1) says is that underground home heating oil tanks shall be removed, abandoned in place, disposed or temporary taken out of service in conformance with good engineering practices. Some local governments require full removal.