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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
Sunset 76 1700 Noriega St. 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.
ABC Auto Parts 1650 Davidson Ave. 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.
Pick-N-Pull 1065 Commercial St
"North"
San Jose Recycle Free Drop-off
Kragen-O'Reilly Auto Parts 2024 A St. Antioch Recycle Free Drop-off
Autos International 2201 Commerce Ave. Concord Recycle Free Drop-off
AutoZone (32100 Alvarado Blvd.) 32100 Alvarado Blvd. Union City Recycle Free Drop-off Certified Used Oil & Filter Collection Center.
San Leandro Chrysler Dodge Jeep 1444 Marina Blvd. San Leandro Recycle Free Drop-off
All Around Automotive 2700 Somersville Rd. Antioch Recycle Free Drop-off
AutoZone (14850 East 14th Street) 14850 East 14th Street San Leandro Recycle Free Drop-off Certified Used Oil & Filter Collection Center
O'Reilly Auto Parts (San Lorenzo) 15604 Hesperian Blvd San Lorenzo Recycle Free Drop-off Certified Collection Site
Jiffy Lube (960 University Ave) 960 University Ave. Berkeley Recycle Free Drop-off
O'Reilly Auto Parts (Alameda-Central) 704 Central Ave. Alameda Recycle Free Drop-off Certified Collection Site
Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program (Hayward Facility) 2091 West Winton Avenue Hayward Recycle Free Drop-off  
Firestone, SF, 1501 Mission St. 1501 Mission St. 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.
Pick-N-Pull (1015 Market Ave) 1015 Market St. Richmond Recycle Free Drop-off
Kragen-O'Reilly Auto Parts 8600 Brentwood Blvd. Brentwood Recycle Free Drop-off
AutoZone 5267 Clayton Rd. Concord Recycle Free Drop-off
AutoZone (41094 Fremont Blvd.) 41094 Fremont Blvd. Fremont Recycle Free Drop-off Certified Used Oil & Filter Collection Center.
San Leandro Ford 1111 Marina Blvd San Leandro Recycle Free Drop-off
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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