Guide for Reuse, Repair, Recycling, and Safe Disposal
for Alameda County, Contra Costa County, and the City of Palo Alto

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Oil Filters

This item is hazardous and requires proper disposal.

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.


Clyde accepts this item, but don't put it in your bins.

Crush, open or puncture, then drain oil filter (with puncture at lowest point) to ensure the anti-drain-back valve is empty. Place filter in sealable plastic bag, i.e. Ziploc bag, seal. Place bagged oil filter beside your recycling container.

Concord accepts this item, but don't put it in your bins.

Call 925-682-9113 for details and to schedule pick-up.

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