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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
Pick-N-Pull (1015 Market Ave) 1015 Market St. Richmond Recycle Free Drop-off
Pick-N-Pull 1065 Commercial St
"North"
San Jose Recycle Free Drop-off
Photo Waste Recycling Co. 2980 Kerner Boulevard
Northern CA Headquarters
San Rafael Recycle Pick-up for a Fee
Pep Boys 14845 E. 14th St. San Leandro Recycle Free Drop-off Please call first to determine limts per visit.
Pennzoil Speed Oil Change Center 10175 San Pablo Ave. El Cerrito Recycle Free Drop-off
Orinda Shell Auto Care 9 Orinda Way Orinda Recycle Free Drop-off
Orinda Motors 63 Orinda Way Orinda Recycle Free Drop-off
Oil Stop 3500 Alhambra Ave. Martinez Recycle Free Drop-off
Oil Express 1935 Market St. Concord Recycle Free Drop-off
Oil Express 1033 Arnold Dr. Martinez Recycle Free Drop-off
Oil Changers, Oakland, W. Grand Ave. 640 W. Grand Ave. Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off
Oil Changers (San Leandro) 1700 E. 14th St. San Leandro Recycle Free Drop-off
Oil Changers (Pleasanton) 4210 Rosewood Dr. Pleasanton Recycle Free Drop-off
Oil Changers (Oakland) 3418 Park Blvd. Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off
Oil Changers (Livermore) 1247 Portola Ave. Livermore Recycle Free Drop-off
Oil Changers (Hayward-Winton) 994 W. Winton Ave. Hayward Recycle Free Drop-off
Oil Changers (Hayward-Mission) 26070 Mission Blvd. Hayward Recycle Free Drop-off
Oil Changers (Fremont) 4088 Thornton Ave. Fremont Recycle Free Drop-off
Oil Changers (Dublin) 7194 Village Pkwy. Dublin Recycle Free Drop-off Drop off before closing.
Oil Changers (Berkeley) 2246 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley 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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