Used Motor Oil and Filter Recycling

Do your part to help the environment and save money in the process. You don’t need to change your oil as often as you think. At, enter your car make, model, and year to find out how often you should change your oil. You’ll be surprised! Driving conditions may vary.

Same great oil, at a fraction of the Earth

Motor oil doesn’t wear out, it just gets dirty. Re-refined motor oil is good for your car, equal in quality to virgin oil and great for the environment. Learn more about re-refined motor oil at the following sites:

Go to Oil Can Henry’s and get an ECO Ultra Re-refined oil change. Be sure to ask about the environmental and mechanical benefits of re-refined oil.

Recycle used motor oil and filters

San Francisco has over 30 used motor oil collection centers around the City where you can safely dispose of your used motor oil and filters for FREE.  Some centers also accept antifreeze. Find a convenient collection center nearest you using RecycleWhere.

Sites accept up to 5 gallons per visit. Sometimes the tanks are full, so be sure to call first. Do not mix used motor oil with anything!

If you have more than five gallons of used motor oil or other toxic products such as paint and pesticides, call (415)330-1405 to schedule a Free Home Collection.

Motorcycle riders: Get free stuff

Did you know motorcycle owners change their own oil five times more than average motorists? The only legal way to dispose of used motor oil and filters is to recycle them!

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Boaters: Protect the Bay; it’s our playground

Bay Area boaters can find out how to safely dispose of used motor oil, oil filters, and oil cleanup absorbent using the 2012-2013 San Francisco Bay Area Clean Boating Map. San Francisco's recreational boaters have access to free hazardous waste pick-up and disposal services. Call (415)330-1405 and make an appointment with Recology to pick up toxic and other hazardous waste directly from your boat.

California’s Boating Clean and Green Program has helpful videos that provide tips on proper motor oil management and fuel management. Watch these videos to see how you can prevent motor oil discharges, properly dispose of used motor oil, fuel your boat without polluting the water and report oil and chemical spills.

Shop owners: Become a collection center

Are you an auto repair or tune-up shop? It pays to be green. Become a used motor oil collection center and earn 16 cents per gallon of oil generated through your business and 40 cents per gallon of oil brought in by do-it-yourselfers. Help keep your neighborhood clean and green! Rick Cole, owner of ABC Auto Parts, says, “By doing my part, I reduce the amount of used motor oil that goes down the storm drain.”


Recicle su aceite y filtros de motor

Varios locales en SF aceptan el aceite y filtros usados de motor sin costo alguno. Cada local acepta hasta 5 galones. Llame antes de llevarlo para asegurarse que los tanques no esten llenos.

Si tiene más de cinco galones u otros productos tóxicos, tales como la pintura, solventes y pesticida, también pueden aprovechar del programa gratuito de Recolección a Domicilio. Llama al (415) 330-1405 para hacer una cita.