Q. How do I recycle Used Motor Oil? Filters? Other auto fluids?

A. Residents in Castro Valley can recycle their used motor oil, filters, and other automobile fluids for free!

For Single-Family Residents:
Place one-gallon screw-top containers curbside beside your collection carts on your regular collection day. You can recycle up to three (3) gallons per week of motor oil, transmission fluid, gear lube and other lubricants commonly used in cars and light trucks. Oil filters can be put in a heavyweight sealed clear plastic bag and placed curbside. Call WMAC at (510) 537-5500 to request delivery of a Used Oil jug and filter bag kit. Uncontaminated used oil and filters may be dropped off at a Collection Center (see below).

For Multi-Family Residents:
Place uncontaminated used motor oil in a leak-proof container (such as a plastic screw-top container) and place the old filter in a separate leak-proof container (such as a heavy duty sealed plastic bag or coffee tin with lid).  Drop off used motor oil and oil filters for recycling at a Certified Collection Center or Household Hazardous Waste facility (see below).  Used oil that has been contaminated with other fluids must be disposed of at a Household Hazardous Waste facility (see below).

 

New Filter Design Information (2016)

(From the Department of Toxic Substances Control: https://dtsc.ca.gov/)

In the past, most canister type oil filters were designed so that gravity draining alone was effective at removing the free flowing oil. To meet vehicle manufacturer and vehicle warranty specifications, oil filters in use today are equipped with an anti-drain-back valve device located just inside the filter inlet openings. This valve keeps oil in the filters when the engine is turned off. Most auto manufacturers require anti-drain-back valves and most filter manufacturers now produce oil filters with anti-drain-back protection that will last for at least 12 hours. This valve ensures the filter is always full of oil when the vehicle is started.

 

Anti-drain-back valves have been found to prevent oil from fully draining from filters using traditional gravity draining techniques.  After draining your used oil filter, be sure to place your used oil filter in a heavy duty plastic bag for curbside recycling or for transport to a Certified Collection Center.

 

Certified Collection Centers in Castro Valley and San Lorenzo
It’s easy to recycle your used motor oil and filters at Certified Collection Centers (CCCs)!  Depending on the CCC, many will take up to 5 gallons of oil per person per visit.  Upon request, and at the retailers discretion, CCCs have two options of reimbursement to the customer. CCCs will reimburse you $0.40 per gallon or provide you with an $0.80 coupon good for any item in the store.  And remember, don’t forget the filter! Filters can hold up to one quart of motor oil.

  • Castro Valley Autohaus **20697 Park Way, (510) 581-4525
  • Jiffy Lube *2492 Castro Valley Blvd., (510) 582-7677    
  • Kevin Hinckley Auto Tech **5269 Crow Canyon Road, (510) 881-1052    
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts *2990 Castro Valley Blvd., (510) 881-0761    
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts *15604 Hesperian Blvd., (510) 276-7822    
  • Certified Tire and Service Center* 3430 Castro Valley Blvd., (510) 886-9500
  • Boulevard Auto **3940 Castro Valley Blvd., (510) 247-9700

*Centers that only collects motor oil; do not change oil. **Centers that also accept filters.

Household Hazardous Waste Facilities
Facilities are located in Hayward, Fremont, Oakland, and Livermore.  Hours rotate so call ahead (800) 606-6606 or visit the website at www.household-hazwaste.org

  • Hayward Facility, 2091 West Winton Ave, Hayward
  • Oakland Facility, 2100 East 7th Street, Oakland
  • Livermore Facility, 5584 La Ribera Street, Livermore
  • Fremont Facility, 41149 Boyce Road, Fremont

Free Used Oil Recycling Kits available at CVSan!
CVSan residents can come by our Marshall Street office to pick-up a used oil recycling kit (up to 3) to help in the home oil change process.

  • Used Oil recycling kit (plastic jug & filter bag)
  • Funnels
  • Cloth shop rags
  • “Finish the Job Right” DVD