CVSan's Used Motor Oil Filter Exchange Program

  • Do you change your own oil in your car, truck, RV, motorcycle, or boat?
  • Do you live in a single-family home?
  • Are you a resident of Castro Valley?

Single-family residents who notify Waste Management of Alameda Count (WMAC) at least 24 hours prior to setting out used motor oil and filter(s) curbside between Monday, May 7, 2018 and Friday, June 15, 2018 will receive a coupon* in the mail from CVSan for a new motor oil filter.  Details are on the coupon.

Please call WMAC’s Customer Service Center, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at (510) 537-5500 at least 24 hours prior to when you set out your used filter.

*The coupon may be redeemed for one (1) filter with a maximum value of $10 (including tax).  If the cost of the filter and tax is less than $10, the balance is not transferable, redeemable for cash, and is forfeited.  A used motor oil filter must be set out for recycling at the curbside during the 6-week program in order to receive a coupon for a new filter.  Maximum one (1) coupon per household per week of collection.  Coupons are redeemable only at O’Reilly Auto Parts Castro Valley (2990 Castro Valley Blvd.).  Coupons are valid for a limited time only, and expire on Saturday, June 30, 2018.  CVSan reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time for any reason.

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New Filter Design Information (2016)

(From the Department of Toxic Substances Control:

In the past, most canister type oil filters were designed so that gravity alone was effective at draining free-flowing oil contained within it.  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 engine 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 the filter in a heavy-duty plastic bag for curbside recycling or for transport to a Certified Collection Center (CCC) or Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility.


Certified Collection Centers in CVSan 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 five (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.

Jiffy Lube*

2492 Castro Valley Blvd.

(510) 582-7677

Kevin Hinkley Auto Tech**

5269 Crow Canyon Rd.

(510) 881-1052

O'Reilly Auto Parts*

2990 Castro Valley Blvd.

(510) 881-0761

O'Reilly Auto Parts*

15604 Hesperian Blvd. (San Lorenzo)

(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 collects motor oil only.

**Centers that collect motor oil and filters.


Household Hazardous Waste Facilities

Facilities are located in Hayward, Oakland, Livermore, and Fremont.  Hours rotate so call (800) 606-6606 or visit for additional information.

Hayward Facility

2091 West Winton Ave., Hayward

(510) 670-6460 (local)

Oakland Facility

2100 East 7th St., Oakland

(800) 606-6606

Livermore Facility

5584 La Ribera St., Livermore

(800) 606-6606

Fremont Facility

41149 Boyce Rd., Fremont

(510) 252-0500 (local)


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 three 1-gallon containers) to help in the home oil change and disposal process.  Other resources available at CVSan offices include:

  • Funnels
  • Cloth shop rags
  • “Finish the Job Right” instructional DVD