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Why recycle used oil?
Used oil is a hazardous waste that should never be put in the garbage or dumped in the storm drains or ground. Only ¼ gallon of motor oil can contaminate 250,000 gallons of water.

Steps to changing your motor oil for recycling:

  • Step 1: Drain motor oil into a drain pan. Drain your oil filter for 24 can hold up to a quart of oil!

  • Step 2: Pour your used oil into a reusable container with a tight screw-top lid. Put your filter in a plastic bag or sealed container. Take it to a drop-off center or find out if it can be collected from your home using your curbside program listed below.
    IMPORTANT! Please don't mix oil with anything!

Locate a Used Oil Recycling Center Near You
Many businesses will accept used motor oil free.

Use the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) tool to search by city, county or zip code.

Hazardous Waste
If you have mixed or hazardous materials, visit for disposal information.

Used Oil Recycling Collection
Many cities collect used oil and used oil filters from your home. If you live in Alameda County, use the table below to see if used oil and filters are collected from your home or apartment. Call the recycling service provider listed on the left for more information.

Download this table (PDF)

**Homes = single family homes, often includes apartments up to 4 units with individual cart service.
*Apartments = 5+ units with shared collection service.

Motorcycle riders: Get free stuff
Did you know motorcycle owners change their own oil five times more than average motorists? The only legal way to dispose of used motor oil and filters is to recycle them! Learn more and get coupons for free stuff at

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