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Safe Waste Disposal: Used Oil and Filters

Overview

Used Motor Oil and Filter Recycling

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There are two easy and free options to safely dispose of your used motor oil and filters together.  

Stay updated on used motor oil & filter recycling information and locations.

Free Option #1: Recycle at a collection center

  • Click here for a list of used motor oil and filter collection centers.
  • Used motor oil cannot be mixed with any other substance. Oil mixed with water, paint, solvents, rags, and antifreeze is contaminated.
  • Contaminated oil must be taken to the San Mateo County Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Click here or call (650) 363-4718 to make an appointment. Drop off is free.
Used oil and filter disposal preparation
  • Collect your used oil in a clean, non-breakable plastic container that has a screw-on cap.
  • Place used oil filter in a sealed plastic bag or contact us for a free reusable filter recycling container at (650) 372-6252 (while supplies last).

Free Option #2: Recycle at the curb (single-family homes)

Contact your local waste hauler for limitations and proper containers accepted:

Safely dispose of other car products

Many collection centers also take your used antifreeze, car batteries and tires for free or a small fee.

Click here for a list of locations.

Boaters: protect our water from oil

Bay Area boaters can find out how to safely dispose of used motor oil, oil filters, and oil cleanup absorbent using the 2016-2018 San Francisco Bay Area Clean Boating Map. San Mateo County’s recreational boaters have access to free hazardous waste disposal services. Make an appointment by calling (650) 363-4718 or online.

Check out these helpful videos for tips on proper motor oil management and fuel management.

Business owners: become a used oil collection center and receive 16 cents/gallon for all oil generated at your business

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 CalRecycle or call (650) 372-6252.

Recicle su aceite y filtros de motor

Varios locales aceptan el aceite y filtros usados de motor sin costo alguno. Cada local acepta hasta 5 galones. Llame antes de llevarlo para asegurarse que los tanques no esten llenos.

Si tiene más de cinco galones u otros productos tóxicos, tales como solventes, pesticidas y herbicidas, productos de limpieza o pintura, también pueden aprovechar del Programa de Recolección de Productos Toxicos del Condado de San Mateo. Llama al (650) 363-4718 para hacer una cita gratis.

General information

Used Motor Oil and Filter Recycling Locations

Please call the drop-off location prior to bringing your used oil & filter to ensure the shop is open. Bring the used oil and filter to a collection center employee. Never abandon used oil or filters outside of the business when the shop is closed. 

Click here for information about where to recycle antifreeze, auto batteries and tires.

Belmont

Carlmont Village Shell

2000 Ralston Ave.
(650) 592-3637

Spiteri’s Auto Service, Inc.

292 Old County Rd.
(650) 593-4758

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