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Safe Waste Disposal: Used Oil and Filters

Overview Safe Waste Disposal

Used Motor Oil and Filter Recycling

There are three easy and free options to safely recycle your used motor oil and filters in San Mateo County described below. 

It’s important to remember that these options are for uncontaminated oil only! Oil mixed with water, paint, solvents, rags, and antifreeze is contaminated. This oil must be taken to the San Mateo County Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Learn more here.


Here are 3 reasons to recycle your used motor oil and filters:

Did you know that one quart of motor oil can pollute up to 250,000 gallons of clean water? Used motor oil is a major source of oil contamination of waterways and can result in pollution of drinking water sources. Recycling used oil and filters protects the environment.

Improper disposal of used oil costs money…your money!  You pay in higher consumer prices, taxes for environmental cleanups, and increased health care costs when wastes are improperly managed. Recycling used oil and filters saves money.

3 – IT’S THE LAW!:
The California Health and Safety Code 25189.6 states that anyone who improperly disposes of hazardous waste, such as used oil, is guilty of a public offense punishable of a fine up to $250,000 or prison time. Improper disposal of used oil is a crime.


Recycle At The Curb

Motor oil is a serious environmental hazard if not properly collected and recycled. However, there’s an easy way to recycle used oil and filters right at home!

Depending on your hauler, you may have different curbside options available to you.


Oil Recycling for Boaters

San Mateo County Boaters can set sail for cleaner waters and help make a big environmental impact. Continue reading to learn how you can make a difference.