Used Motor Oil and Oil Filter Recycling
Motor oil (new and used) is toxic. One gallon of motor oil can pollute one million gallons of drinking water, a one-year supply for 50 people. In fact, used motor oil accounts for 40% of oil pollution in America’s waterways. Please recycle used motor oil. DO NOT pour it on the ground or into the storm drain.
RECYCLE YOUR OIL FILTERS! Currently 90% of used oil filters are not recycled. However, recycling one ton of used oil filters recovers 1,700 pounds of steel and up to 60 gallons of used motor oil.
Be a Team Player- Recycle Used Motor Oil & Filters
How to Recycle Used Motor Oil and Filters
THE CITY OF FRESNO OFFERS TWO EASY WAYS
TO RECYCLE YOUR USED MOTOR OIL AND OIL FILTERS AFTER YOUR OIL CHANGE:
EASIEST: RESIDENTIAL CURBSIDE RECYCLING
Have your used motor oil and/or oil filter picked up at your home through the once a week Residential Curbside Recycling Program (available to Fresno’s single family residential customers only, with a limit of two gallons per week). The City offers special program containers FREE OF CHARGE.
- Call 621-1452 and request free containers for used oil and/or oil filters (use special program containers only). Containers will be delivered by the Solid Waste Management Division
- Pour used oil into the program container (make sure oil is not contaminated with water or any chemicals). Drained oil filters should be placed in the program’s plastic bag.
Place used motor oil and oil filters NEXT to your blue cart on your collection day. DO NOT place oil or special containers on or inside the blue cart.
EASY: CERTIFIED COLLECTION CENTERS
- You can also take your used motor oil and oil filters to certified collection centers located throughout the City of Fresno. Take your used oil and filters into a collection center during open hours. DO NOT leave used motor oil or filters outside the collection centers after business hours. Improper disposal of Used Motor Oil is a violation of California Health & Safety Code 25189.6.
- To Locate a Certified Collection Center near you please go to CalRecycle
Certified Collection Centers will pay you 40¢ per gallon for your used motor oil. Contaminated oil (oil with traces of anti-freeze, paint or other substances) will NOT be accepted by the Collection Centers, OR by your curbside collection program.
If you own or operate an automotive parts retail shop, service or repair shop, gas station, or auto dealership and are interested in becoming certified please visit the web site for the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).
Call 559-600-4259 for the date and location of the next household hazardous waste collection event.
CHECK YOUR NUMBER, BECAUSE 3,000 MILES MAY BE TOO EARLY TO CHANGE YOUR OIL
CalRecycle’s new motor oil campaign, Check Your Number
, urges Californians to check the recommended oil change interval for their car in their owner’s manual. They’ll likely save time and money in service costs and do the environment a big favor — without hurting their car or compromising auto performance in the least.
The old standard of 3,000 miles is out of date and no longer applies to most cars. Many cars, even older models, can be driven up to 5,000, 7,500, 10,000, and even 15,000 miles before needing an oil change.
By volume, used motor oil is one of the largest hazardous waste streams in California: Almost 115 million gallons are sold in the state each year. While about 70 percent is collected after use, it continues to be a serious environmental problem because it is insoluble and contains heavy metals and toxic chemicals. It makes its way into lakes, streams, and oceans via the storm water system and endangers fish, waterfowl, insects, and other aquatic life. In addition, one gallon of used motor oil can foul the taste of 1 million gallons of water.
Drivers can do their part to help the environment by simply looking up the recommended oil change intervals for their cars and changing their habits accordingly. Advances in modern engines and improved oil formulas have made the 3,000-mile oil change obsolete. Under normal driving conditions, cutting back to the automaker’s recommended intervals will not affect your car’s engine, its performance, or your warranty.
Check your number today and save time, money, and the
environment! Visit CheckYourNumber.org
to learn more.
This program is funded in part by a grant from the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).