Department of Public Utilities

Trash Disposal & Recycling

Used Motor Oil & Oil Filter Recycling

Motor oil (new and used) is toxic. You can help keep our city clean and reduce waste by recycling. Remember that one gallon of motor oil can contaminate 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.

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.


Oil Helpful Hint
Residential Curbside Recycling
Curbside Oil

Have your used motor oil and/or oil filter picked up at your home through the once a week Residential Curbside Collection (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 (559) 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 service day. DO NOT place oil or special containers on or inside the blue cart.
Certified Collection Centers
Appreciation Certificate
  • 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 business 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

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. For more information on contaminated oil, please call COF Hotline (559) 621-1111.

If you own or operate an automotive parts retail shop, service or repair shop, gas station, or auto dealership and are interested in becoming a certified collection center, please visit the website for the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery(CalRecycle).

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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 only about 70 percent is collected after use, used oil 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 stormwater system and endangers fish, waterfowl, insects,and other aquatic life.

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.