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Used Oil & Used Oil Filters Recycling and Proper Disposal Locations
serving Stockton, Tracy, Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Lathrop, Escalon and San Joaquin County

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Click Here for All Used Oil Recycling Locations

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 Program
San Joaquin 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 Household 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 oil filters.

There is NO COST for San Joaquin County residents to drop off these materials at the HHW Facility
or Certified Collection Centers for proper disposal.


Where Can I Take Used Oil and used Oil Filters for Proper Disposal?

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  (HHW) Facility
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 more information.

Used Oil
Recycling Locations

Household Hazardous Waste

Used Oil
Household Hazardous Waste
Marina Used
Oil Recycling
Used Oil Recycling
Small Business
What counts
as "used oil"
 Small Business
HHW Brochure
Curbside Collection


San Joaquin County Department of Public Works
Solid Waste Division

Last updated 08/18/2011


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