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 CVSan resident?

If you answered “yes” to all the above questions, you are eligible to participate in CVSan’s Used Motor Oil Filter Exchange Program to receive a coupon for a new motor oil filter!

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When does the program begin?

The next Used Motor Oil Filter Exchange Program will run from Monday, February 10, 2020 to Friday, March 20, 2020.


How do I participate in the program?

During the six-week program, contact Alameda County Industries’ (ACI) Customer Service Department at least 24 hours prior to when you set out your used oil filter (motor oil optional).  The following week, you will receive a coupon in the mail for a new motor oil filter.  Contact ACI’s Customer Service Department:

By phone: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at (510) 483-1400

By email:


A used oil filter (motor oil optional) must be set out for recycling at the curb during the 6-week program in order to receive a coupon for a new filter. Filters must be set out by 6:00 a.m. on your collection day.

If your service day is Monday, you can leave a voicemail during the weekend stating that you will be setting out a used filter on Monday and provide your name, address, and phone number.

If you plan to participate multiple times during the program, let ACI know during your first call or email. Simply state that you will be participating in the Filter Exchange Program and provide each date that you plan to participate. Once you complete these steps, you will not need to call/email ACI each week.

One coupon per household per week of collection (up to six coupons per program). You can set out more than one filter at a time but are only eligible to receive up to one coupon each week.


How do I use the coupon?

Coupons are redeemable only at O’Reilly Auto Parts Castro Valley (2990 Castro Valley Blvd.). The coupon may be redeemed for one (1) filter with a maximum value of $15 (including tax). If the cost of the filter and tax is less than $15, the balance is neither transferable nor redeemable for cash and is forfeited. Maximum one (1) coupon per household per week of collection. Coupons are valid for a limited time only, and expire on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

CVSan reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time for any reason.


Información en Español:

Reciclar Aceite De Motor Y Filtros Usados Es Fácil

 No olvide el filtro de aceite:

• ¿Cambia su propio aceite?

• ¿Vive en una casa unifamiliar?

Los residentes de una casa unifamiliar deben notificar a Alameda County Industries (ACI), por lo menos 24 horas antes de poner el aceite y filtro(s) usados en la acera, para recibir un cupón (valorado hasta $15) para un nuevo filtro. El cupón será enviado por correo por parte del Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan).

El programa comienza el 10 de febrero del 2020 y finaliza el 20 de marzo del 2020. *

Llame al centro de atención al cliente de ACI de lunes a viernes de 7:00 a.m. a 6:00 p.m. al (510) 483-1400.

*Para recibir el cupón para un filtro nuevo debe dejar el filtro usado en el borde de la acera entre 10 de febrero y 20 de marzo del 2020. El cupón se vence el 28 de marzo del 2019.


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 L. Hinkley Auto Tech

5269 Crow Canyon Rd.

(510) 881-1052

O'Reilly Auto Parts

2990 Castro Valley Blvd.

(510) 881-0761

Certified Tire and Service Center

3430 Castro Valley Blvd.

(510) 886-9500

Boulevard Auto

3940 Castro Valley Blvd.

(510) 247-9700


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 are required to set out used motor oil in screw-top gallon containers provided by ACI. Residents can come by our Marshall Street office to pick up a used oil recycling kit (up to three 1-gallon containers) or call ACI at (510) 483-1400 to request delivery of a used oil recycling kit. Other resources available at CVSan offices include:

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