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Oil Filters

Oil filters include any type of filter unit intended to remove contaminants in a petroleum-based oil lubrication system.

Household Hazardous Waste

This item should never be put in a curbside bin. For more information visit our household hazardous waste page.

Put your filter in a plastic bag or sealed container. If your curbside program does not have a pick-up program, California Certified Used Oil Collection Centers will also take used oil filters from the public. Call first. Used Motor Oil Certified Collection Center Drop-off Location Finder

Oil filters are considered hazardous waste and are banned from landfills, however, they are also completely recyclable. Each filter has about a pound of re-usable steel. Each oil filter has on average, more than 10 fluid ounces of used motor oil, even after draining! All of this trapped motor oil adds up to more than two million gallons of used oil going into the environment, the water system or into landfills in California each year from filters that aren’t properly recycled. Oil recovered from the recycled filters is made back into motor oil.

Vendors

Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
AutoZone (41094 Fremont Blvd.) 41094 Fremont Blvd. Fremont Recycle Free Drop-off Certified Used Oil & Filter Collection Center.
AutoZone (7200 Bancroft Avenue) 7200 Bancroft Avenue Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off Certified Used Oil & Filter Collection Center.
AutoZone (807 27th Street) 807 27th Street Emeryville Recycle Free Drop-off Certified Used Oil & Filter Collection Center.
AutoZone (Alvarado -Niles) 34529 Alvarado-Niles Blvd Union City Recycle Free Drop-off Certified Used Oil & Filter Collection Center.
Berkeley Honda Autocenter 2627 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley Recycle Free Drop-off Used oil fitlers. Call first.
Berkeley Transfer Station 1201 2nd St. Berkeley Recycle Free Drop-off
Bethel Harbor 3405 Harbor Rd. Bethel Island Recycle Free Drop-off
BMW Motorcycles of San Francisco (790 Bryant St) 790 Bryant Street San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off, Buyback Drop-off Oil filters can have up to 1/2 a quart of oil still in them. Please drain your filter and recycle both the oil and filter.
Bo's Imports Inc. 28184 Industrial Blvd Hayward Recycle Free Drop-off Used oil fitlers. Call first.
Boulevard Auto 3940 Castro Valley Boulevard Castro Valley Recycle Free Drop-off
Central Automotive Service Center 1425 AutoCenter Dr. Walnut Creek Recycle Free Drop-off
Central Contra Costa HHW Collection Facility 4797 Imhoff Pl. Martinez Recycle Free Drop-off
Certified Tire & Service Center (3420 Stanley Blvd) 3420 Stanley Blvd Pleasanton Recycle Free Drop-off Please call first to determine limts per visit.
Certified Tire and Service Center (Dublin) 6028 Dougherty Rd. Dublin Recycle Free Drop-off Please call first to determine limts per visit.
Certified Tire and Service Center (Hayward) 24087 Mission Blvd. Hayward Recycle Free Drop-off Please call first to determine limts per visit.
Certified Tire and Service Center (Livermore) 1485 First St. Livermore Recycle Free Drop-off Please call first to determine limts per visit.
Certified Tire and Service Center (Pleasanton) 4216 Rosewood Dr. Pleasanton Recycle Free Drop-off Please call first to determine limts per visit.
City of Berkeley Marina 201 University Ave Berkeley Recycle Free Drop-off Used oil fitlers. Call first.
Claremont Service Station 301 Claremont Blvd San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Oil filters can have up to 1/2 a quart of oil still in them. Please drain your filter and recycle both the oil and filter.
Clayton Valley Shell 1500 Kirker Pass Road Concord Recycle Free Drop-off

Curbside Service

Special Action Note
Alameda
Place used oil filter in a sealed zipper-locked bag next to the recycling cart. Free filter bags may be requested from ACI.
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Albany
Set out up to 3 used motor oil jugs (call WM for jugs) and 3 used filters in a sealed plastic bag next to your recycling cart.
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Berkeley
Castro Valley Sanitary District
Oil filters must be placed in a zipper-lock style bag on the curb next to your Blue Recycling Cart for collection. Do not place bags on top of the cart. Contact ACI at 510-483-1400 to request a Used Oil Recycling Kit. Up to three (3) 1-gallon filter bags per week.
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Dublin
Each residential household may call and request up to two (2) used motor oil containers and a heavy duty zip lock bag for the recycling of up to two (2) used motor oil filters. On your regular collection day just place the container(s) at the curb and AVI will replace them with empties for your next use. Make sure the jug and/or bag is sealed properly and clearly visible from the street.
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Emeryville
Residential cart customers: place in sealed zip bag next to cart. Do not place inside cart.
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Fremont
Single Family Service - Next to carts. Place in sealable plastic bag. Hauler can provide.
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Hayward
Call TriCED to request free used motor oil jugs and filter bags. Up to 2 jugs and 1 bag.
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Hayward (Oro Loma - L2)
Single Family Service - Next to carts. Place in sealable plastic bag.
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Livermore
Single Family Service - Place bag on the curb next to your Recycling cart on collection day. Call hauler for sealable bag.
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Newark
Next to carts. Place in sealable plastic bag. Hauler can provide.
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Oakland
Order free motor oil filter bag and jug from CWS. Place next to carts for pick up.
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Piedmont
Pleasanton
Next to carts. Place in sealable plastic bag. Hauler can provide.
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San Leandro
Place used oil filter in a sealed zipper-locked bag next to the recycling cart. Free filter bags may be requested from ACI.
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San Leandro (Oro Loma - L3)
Single Family Service - Next to carts. Place in sealable plastic bag.
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San Lorenzo (Oro Loma)
Single Family Service - Next to carts. Place in sealable plastic bag.
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Unincorporated Oro Loma (L1)
Single Family Service - Next to carts. Place in sealable plastic bag.
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Union City
Single Family & Parcelized Multifamily Dwellings: Next to carts. Place in sealable plastic bag.
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