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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
Valvoline Instant Oil Change 300 7th 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.
O'Reilly Auto Parts 2500 San Bruno 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.
Oil Changers 198 Valencia 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.
Valvoline Instant Oil Change 1799 19th 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.
Precise Auto Chevron 1890 19th 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.
Quality Tune Up 1175 Fell 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.
Recology SF Household Hazardous Waste Home Collection San Francisco Recycle Free Pick-up San Francisco Residents only.
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.
Ka-Pa Tire & Auto Services 4011 3rd 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.
Recology SF Business Haz. Waste Drop-Off (VSQG Program) 501 Tunnel Ave. San Francisco Recycle Drop-off for a Fee Quantity limits and disposal fees apply. You must qualify and make an appointment in advance. San Francisco businesses only.
Alemany & Ocean 76 Auto Care (1798 Alemany) 1798 Alemany 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.
San Francisco Honda's 9th Avenue Service Center 1259 9th 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.
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.
San Francisco Honda's Marina Service Center 2098 Lombard 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.
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.
AutoZone (1575 South Van Ness) 1575 South Van Ness 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.
San Francisco Marina Yacht Harbor San Francisco Marina at Marina Blvd. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off
Mission Auto Service (5897 Mission St) 5897 Mission Street San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off
Fisherman's Wharf / Pier 47 End of Leavenworth St. (Richard Henry Dana Way) San Francisco 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.

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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