Used Oil and Used Oil Filter Disposal

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Did you know that used motor oil never wears out? It just gets dirty and can be recycled, cleaned, and used again. Recycling used motor oil conserves a natural resource (oil) and is good for the environment too! Used oil can contain such contaminants as lead, magnesium, copper, zinc, chromium, arsenic, chlorides, cadmium, and chlorinated compounds. Motor oil poured onto the ground or into storm drains, or tossed into trash cans (even in a sealed container) can contaminate and pollute the soil, groundwater, streams, and rivers. Recycling your used motor oil reduces this pollution threat. Luckily, Solano County works with many programs for residents to easily recycle used oil and used oil filters.

Curbside Pick-Up

Curbside Pick-up for used oil and used oil filters is provided by your local waste collection service provider. Curbside collection restrictions will vary by city. Contact your provider to ask about their collection program and whether they provide oil filter containers and oil filter bags for curbside collection. If available, curbside collection services will provide containers for used oil and filters and will collect them when placed next to your garbage and/or recycling toter on scheduled collection days.

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Certified Collection Centers

An alternative to curbside collection is drop off at a Certified Collection Center. When you take your used oil to a certified center for recycling, you are protecting the environment, conserving a valuable resource, and getting paid for it.  California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) administers and provides oversight for all of California’s state-managed waste handling and recycling programs. CalRecycle encourages the recycling of used motor oil by certifying used oil recycling collection centers throughout the state. Certified Used Oil Collection Centers will take used motor oil from the public and will pay you 40¢ a gallon. Most centers will take up to 5 gallons at a time. Some locations also accept used oil filters.

Locate used oil recycling centers in your area by city, county, or ZIP code though CalRecycle’s collection center by clicking here

Contaminated Oil

Certified center managers will not accept used motor oil that has been contaminated with other fluids such as antifreeze, solvents, gasoline, or water. So please, don't mix your used oil with anything. Contact your city’s Household Hazardous waste facility about how to deal with your suspected contaminated oil.

Remember: If you change your own motor oil, you’re changing your oil filter at the same time. Take the last step and recycle the oil filter along with the used oil. Find more information on used oil filter recycling by clicking here

Household Hazardous Waste Facilities

Local household hazardous waste facilities provide residents an alternative method for used oil and filter recycling in addition to disposal options for hazardous waste. Contact the facility nearest you for drop-off hours.

For more information on this and other recycling and reuse programs consult the Solano County Recycling Guide