Why recycle used oil and filters?
Because used motor oil never wears out. It gets dirty, but it can be
recycled, cleaned, and used again and again. Recycling used motor oil
conserves a natural resource (oil) and is good for the environment too!
Motor oil contains heavy metals and other hazardous materials. When
poured onto the ground or into storm drains, or tossed into the trash (even
in a sealed container), it can contaminate and pollute the soil,
groundwater, streams, and rivers. Recycling your used motor oil reduces this
pollution threat. When you take your used oil to a certified center for
recycling, you are protecting the environment and conserving a valuable
resource, reducing our reliance on foreign exports. That's a winning
combination! Oil filters are easily
recycled as well. They contain a lot of used oil (that is difficult to
fully drain without special equipment) and valuable metals.
San Joaquin County Used Oil and Used Oil Filter Collection
County began its Used Oil Collection Program in 1995, with 20
collection locations. In 2009, the program has grown to over 60 locations
throughout San Joaquin County. In August of 2003 the San Joaquin County
Hazardous Waste Collection Facility opened its doors to all County
residents and is an additional location for used oil and oil filter
collection. San Joaquin County collects over
500,000 gallons of used oil through it's Certified Collection Centers every
year. Twenty percent of this figure is directly attributed to Do-It-Yourself used oil dropped
off by residents of the County.
Used oil filters are recyclable too!
Although San Joaquin County collects a tremendous amount
of oil from the public, used oil filters are a different story. In
2008, there was only one oil filter collected for every 27 gallons of used
oil brought in for recycling. In 2009, a new campaign was started to
encourage people to recycle used oil AND used oil filters. All San
Joaquin County AutoZones, Kragens and PepBoys now accept and recycle used
There is NO COST for San
Joaquin County residents to drop off these materials at the HHW Facility
or Certified Collection Centers for proper
PLEASE DO NOT PLACE THESE ITEMS IN THE GARBAGE!
Residents of San Joaquin County can utilize the following resources to
properly dispose of used oil:
Certified Collection Centers
San Joaquin County residents may take used oil and filters to any of
over 60 Certified Collection
Centers within San Joaquin County. Most of these collection
centers will accept up to 5 gallons of oil per trip, although some may take
more. Collection centers may or may not accept used oil filters and
may accept them in differing quantities. We suggest that you call the
location nearest you for details. Click on the link for a
complete list of used oil collection centers.
San Joaquin Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility
San Joaquin County residents can take up to 15 gallons or 125 pounds per
trip to the San Joaquin County Household
Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility for recycling and proper disposal.
Click on the HHW link for more information.
San Joaquin County Solid Waste Facilities
San Joaquin County residents can take up to 5
gallons of used oil and up to a dozen used oil filters (5 gallons of
antifreeze too) to San Joaquin County Solid Waste
Facilities. For more information on San Joaquin County Solid Waste
Facilities click on the link.
Businesses can utilize the following resources to properly
dispose of used oil and filters:
Certified Collection Centers
Some Certified Collection Centers may take used oil and used oil filters
from businesses. Click on the link for locations and give them
a call to find out the details.
San Joaquin Household Hazardous Waste
San Joaquin County small businesses that qualify for the Conditionally
Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) Program can take used oil and used oil
filters to the San Joaquin County HHW
Facility for a small set up fee, there is no charge to accept used oil and
used oil filters. Click on the "Small Business HHW" link for