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Safe Waste Disposal: Used Oil and Filters


Used Motor Oil and Filter Recycling

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

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

Check Your Number – Reduce Oil Change Frequency

Save time, money, and the environment by changing your used motor oil and filter less often. Visit to see how far your car can go between oil changes. 

Recycle at a Collection Center

Prepare for Safe Recycling
  1. Collect used oil in a clean, non-breakable plastic container that has a screw-on cap.
  2. Place used oil filter into a plastic bag and seal tightly.
  3. Call the collection center to verify hours and limitations.
  4. Deliver used motor oil and filters to the collection center. Always give used motor oil and filters to a staff member.

Recycle at the Curb (Single-Family Homes)

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

GreenWaste Recovery, Inc.
Kunz Valley Trash and Recycling
Recology San Mateo County 
Recology of the Coast
Recology San Bruno
Republic Services of Daly City
Republic Services of Half Moon Bay
South San Francisco Scavenger

Other Bay Area Used Motor Oil Recycling Programs 

Find curbside and collection center options outside of San Mateo County.

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 Pollution

San Mateo County Boaters can find out how to safely recycle used motor oil, oil filters, and oil cleanup absorbents using this guide.

Have more than used oil and filters to get rid of? Make an appointment online or call (650) 363-4718 to drop-off oil and other hazardous waste (HHW) for free.

Business Owners – Become a Certified Used Oil Collection Center

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.


Antifreeze, Auto Battery and Tire Recycling Locations

Please call the drop-off location prior to bringing your antifreeze, auto batteries and/or tires for recycling to ensure the location is open. Never abandon these items outside of the business when the drop-off location is closed. A fee may apply for some items. Additional drop-off locations may be found at

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.