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ive Oil For Energy Recovery (GOFER) is Santee Cooper's used oil collection and recovery program and the state's largest used-oil collection program for do-it-yourselfers. 

GOFER Hotline – 1-800-753-2233
GOFER's objective is to recover and utilize used oil as an energy source while protecting the environment. The majority of the used oil collected through GOFER is burned as supplemental fuel at Winyah Generating Station where it is used to make electricity for the people of South Carolina. The used oil displaces coal; providing environmental and performance benefits.  Excess used oil that isn’t used to make electricity is recycled. 

GOFER's statewide outreach includes more than 450 Do-It-Yourself (DIY) collection sites. GOFER will also collect used oil from industries, commercial operations, and farmers when it meets the regulatory criteria.

 Prior to being scheduled for initial pickup, lab results for used oil must be submitted to Santee Cooper. 

As of January 1, 2018, industrial and commercial customers are invoiced quarterly for a service fee of $50.00 per pick-up. The minimum volume for pick-up is 200 gallons and analytical testing requirements may apply.  

 Due to overwhelming demand, the GOFER program is currently unable to accept new customers.

The following used oil products are accepted by GOFER: 

  • Motor oil
  • Gear oil
  • Fuel oil
  • Heating oil
  • Diesel fuel
  • Kerosene
  • Automatic transmission fluid
  • Hydraulic fluid


The following products are not accepted by GOFER:

  • Water
  • Gasoline
  • Antifreeze
  • Brake fluid
  • Refrigeration oil
  • Paint thinner/Varsol
  • Any solvent or cleaner
  • Any substance used to clean paint brushes
  • Any cooking oil and/or grease
  • PCB-contaminated mineral oil


Click here to find a GOFER site near you.