Used Motor Oil & Filters

Why Recycle Used Motor Oil & Filters?

Used oil is a hazardous waste that should never be put in the garbage or dumped in the storm drains or ground.  Only ¼ gallon of motor oil can contaminate 250,000 gallons of water.

Pleasant Hill Curbside Recycling Program

Motor Oil

  • Put motor oil in clear plastic container like a milk jug.
  • Tape lid tightly shut.
  • Maximum 3 gallons of oil per pick up.
  • Crush, open, or puncture, then drain oi filter (with puncture at lowest point) to ensure the anti-drain back valve is empty.  More info 

Oil Filters
Place filter in sealable  plastic bag - i.e. Ziploc Bag and seal.

Once it has been suitably packaged (as described above) set the used oil and filters on the curbside on a normal pickup day and it will be retrieved by Republic Services. 

** Special Note:

  • By law, transportation of motor oil cannot exceed 5 gallons per container with a maximum of 15 gallons per trip (three 5 gallon containers).
  • Most drop-off facilities won't accept more than 5 gallons per visit.
  • Do not mix motor oil with other automotive fluids.

Many businesses will accept used motor oil free. 

In fact State-certified used oil collection centers will pay you to recycle – 16 cents per gallon!

Use the California Integrated Waste Management Board’s locator tool to search by city, county or zip code.

Contra Costa County Used Motor & Filters Website

Find the answers and know the facts about how you can properly dispose of used motor oil & filters

Recycle Used Motor Oil

Recycle Used Oil Filters