Single-Family residents may place up to three (3) gallons of used motor oil and other accepted auto fluids curbside per week, next to the blue recycling cart.
Used motor oil and other accepted auto fluids must be collected in a Used Oil Recycling Kit provided by ACI. Please request a Used Oil Recycling Kit by contacting ACI Customer Service at (510) 483-1400 or email@example.com. Please do not use any other containers.
- Used Oil Recycling Kits are provided by ACI. They include a secure screw-top gallon container for oil collection, and a clear zipper-lock plastic bag for the oil filter. Please do not use any other containers.
Place Used Oil Recycling Kit curbside next to the blue recycling cart for collection. Do not place in gutter or on top of the cart.
Acceptable auto fluids that can be collected for curbside recycling: used motor oil, transmission fluid, gear lube and other lubricant oils commonly used in cars and light trucks, crankcase fluid, differential fluid, hydraulic fluid and transmission fluid. Anti-freeze and brake fluid are not accepted. Acceptable motor fluids can be combined in the collection container provided with the Used Oil Recycling Kit.
Oil filters should also be placed for recycling in the zipper-lock plastic bag included in the Used Oil Recycling Kit.
Multi-family residents should take used motor oil and filters to a Household Hazardous Waste facility or a Certified Collection Center. Please see list at bottom for details.
- 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!
When does the program begin?
The next Used Motor Oil Filter Exchange Program is scheduled to run from Monday, October 11, 2021 to Friday, November 19, 2021.
CVSan reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time for any reason.
How do I participate in the program?
During the six-week program, contact Alameda County Industries 24 hours prior to set out of the used oil filter (motor oil optional) on your collection day. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 or email during the weekend stating that you will be setting out a used oil 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 will be distributed 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 not transferable, not redeemable for cash, cannot be used on anything else, 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, November 27, 2021.
Certified Collection Centers that accept Used Motor Oil and Filters in Castro Valley and San Lorenzo
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 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
Household Hazardous Waste Facilities also accept used motor oil and filters. For locations, hours and appointment requirements, visit stopwaste.org/HHW or call (800) 606-6606 or (510) 670-6460.
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 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.
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