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?

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!


When does the program begin?

The next Used Motor Oil Filter Exchange Program will run from Monday, February 18, 2019, to Friday, March 29, 2019.


How do I participate in the program?

During the six-week program, call Waste Management of Alameda County’s (WMAC’s) Customer Service Center at least 24 hours prior to when you set out your used oil and filter.  The following week, you will receive a coupon in the mail for a new motor oil filter.  WMAC’s Customer Service Center can be reached at (510) 537-5500 Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

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.


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 $10 (including tax).  If the cost of the filter and tax is less than $10, 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, April 13, 2019.

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 la autoridad de manejo de desechos del condado de Alameda (WMAC), por lo menos 24 horas antes de poner el aceite y filtro(s) usados en la acera, para recibir un cupón (valorado hasta $10) para un nuevo filtro. El cupón será enviado por correo por parte del Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan).

El programa comienza el 18 de febrero del 2019 y finaliza el 29 de marzo del 2019. *

Llame al centro de atención al cliente de WMAC de lunes a viernes de 8:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m. al (510) 537-5500.

*Para recibir el cupón para un filtro nuevo debe dejar el filtro usado en el borde de la acera entre 18 de febrero y 29 de marzo del 2019. El cupón se vence el 13 de abril 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 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