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Recycling Used Oil

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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. Even just a ¼-gallon of motor oil can contaminate 250,000 gallons of water.

Steps to changing your motor oil for recycling

  1. Drain motor oil into a drain pan.
  2. Drain your oil filter for 24 hours...it can hold up to a quart of oil.
  3. Pour your used oil into a reusable container with a tight-fitting lid. Put your filter in a plastic bag or sealed container. Well-drained motor oil containers can go in the recycling cart.
  4. Take your oil and filter to a drop-off center or find out if they can be collected through your curbside recycling program (see the list below).

IMPORTANT: Please don't mix oil with anything!

Locate a used oil recycling center near you

Find used oil and filter recycling drop-off locations near you. Search by city, county, or ZIP code using the CalRecycle search tool.

CalRecycle search tool

Curbside oil & filter recycling collection

Many cities collect used oil and used oil filters from your home for free. Use the table below to see if used oil and filters are collected from your home or apartment in Alameda County. Call the recycling service provider listed for more information. 

Jurisdiction

Service Provider

Curbside Pickup Options

Alameda ACI
510-483-1400
www.alamedacountyindustries.com/alameda
Homes
Albany Waste Management
510-613-8710
www.wm.com
Homes and apartments
Berkeley Ecology Center
510-527-5555
ecologycenter.org
Not available
Castro Valley Waste Management
510-537-5500 
www.wm.com
Homes
Dublin Amador Valley Industries (AVI)
925-479-9545
www.amadorvalleyindustries.com
Homes
Emeryville Waste Management
510-613-8710
www.wm.com
Homes
Fremont Republic Services
510-657-3500
republicservices.com/fremont
Homes
Hayward Tri-CED
510-471-3850
www.tri-ced.org/hayward
Homes and apartments
Livermore Livermore Sanitation
925-449-7300
www.livermoresanitation.com
Homes
Newark Republic Services
510-657-3500
republicservices.com/newark
Homes and apartments
Oakland California Waste Solutions
510-832-8111
www.calwaste.com
Homes and apartments
Piedmont Richmond Sanitary Service
800-320-8077
republicservices.com/piedmont
Not available
Pleasanton Pleasanton Garbage Service
925-846-2042
pleasantongarbageservice.com
Not available
San Leandro ACI
510-483-1400
www.alamedacountyindustries.com/sanleandro
Homes and apartments
San Lorenzo Waste Management
510-613-8710
www.wm.com
Homes and apartments
Union City Tri-CED
510-471-3850
www.tri-ced.org/union-city
Homes and apartments
Unincorporated Waste Management
510-613-8710
www.wm.com
Homes: motor oil only (no filters)

Homes = single family homes, often includes apartments up to 4 units with individual cart service.

Apartments = 5+ units with shared collection service.

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