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Recycling Used Motor Oil and Filters


Did you know that used motor oil never wears out? It just gets dirty and can be recycled, cleaned, and used again. Motor oil poured onto the ground or into storm drains, or tossed into trash cans (even in a sealed container) can contaminate and pollute the soil, groundwater, streams, and rivers.

There are three convenient ways to recycle used motor oil and filters for free:

  • Certified Collection Centers (CCC) such as Autozone, Jiffy Lube, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Pep Boys and others will take used motor oil from the public and some may pay you 40¢ a gallon. Most centers will take up to 5 gallons at a time.
  • Take used motor oil and filters to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at the Sacramento Recycling and Transfer Station.
  • City of Sacramento residents can schedule a Curbside Used Oil and Filter Recycling Appointment.

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Curbside Used Oil and Filter Recycling by Appointment

City of Sacramento residents can conveniently recycle used motor oil and filters without leaving home. This is an appointment only service. Appointments coincide with the regular recycling collection day. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Call Customer Service at 311 or (916) 264-5011 to SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT for recycling collection. Collection can be scheduled up to 48 hours before the next regularly scheduled recycling day.  Maximum of two (2) gallons per appointment.

  2. Place used oil in a clear ONE-GALLON plastic jug like a milk or water jug. Secure the cap with tape.

  3. Place DRAINED oil filter in a leak-proof bag with the holes up. Seal the bag by twisting it, zipping it or tying it in a knot.

  4. Place items on the edge of your driveway close to the sidewalk so they are visible by 6:00 AM on your appointment day.

NOTE: Never contaminate used oil by mixing with other auto fluids.