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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
The Tred Shed 50 Bliss Ave Pittsburg Recycle Free Drop-off
Speed Oil Change Center (5225 Shattuck Ave) 5225 Shattuck Ave. Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off
O'Reilly Auto Parts (Oakland-Broadway Ave) 4400 Broadway Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off
Mark Morris Tires 2850 Broadway Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off
O'Reilly Auto Parts(Alameda-Blanding) 2327 Blanding Ave. Alameda Recycle Free Drop-off Certified Collection Site
Firestone Complete Auto Care Store (Fremont) 40861 Fremont Blvd. Fremont Recycle Free Drop-off
Recology SF Household Hazardous Waste Facility 501 Tunnel Ave. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Limit of 15 gallons or 125 pounds per day of all household hazardous waste. San Francisco residents only. Address verification required. Open Thursday-Saturday only from 8am-4pm.
Kragen-O'Reilly Auto Parts 3426 Deer Valley Rd. Antioch 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.
Alameda County Business Hazardous Waste Program (Fremont Facility) 41149 Boyce Rd. Fremont Recycle Drop-off for a Fee
Pick-N-Pull (1015 Market Ave) 1015 Market St. Richmond Recycle Free Drop-off
Mission Auto Service (5897 Mission St) 5897 Mission Street San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off
Boulevard Auto 3940 Castro Valley Boulevard Castro Valley Recycle Free Drop-off
AutoZone (35060 Newark Blvd) 35060 Newark Blvd Newark Recycle Free Drop-off Certified Used Oil & Filter Collection Center.
North State Environmental (South San Francisco) 220 South Spruce Avenue
Suite 200
South San Francisco 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.
O'Reilly Auto Parts (San Leandro) 2396 E. 14th St. San Leandro Recycle Free Drop-off
O'Reilly Auto Parts (San Lorenzo) 15604 Hesperian Blvd San Lorenzo Recycle Free Drop-off Certified Collection Site
O'Reilly Auto Parts (Alameda-Central) 704 Central Ave. Alameda Recycle Free Drop-off Certified Collection Site
Firestone Complete Auto Care Store (Hayward-Mission) 24019 Mission Blvd. Hayward 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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