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FREE Used Motor Oil Program

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Did you know that used motor oil never wears out? It just gets dirty and can be recycled, cleaned, and used again. Recycling used motor oil conserves a natural resource (oil) and is good for the environment, too! Motor oil poured onto the ground, disposed into storm drains, or tossed into trash cans (even in a sealed container) can contaminate and pollute the soil, groundwater, streams, and rivers (and it's illegal!). Recycling your used motor oil reduces this pollution threat.

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Good news! The City will collect your used motor oil at your curb for FREE! Here’s how:

  1. Pick up your FREE oil filter, container, and funnel from the Public Works counter at City Hall (first floor).
  2. Call (626) 403-7240 to schedule a curbside collection when you’re ready.

*Collections are scheduled for the last Thursday of each month. The City will collect a maximum of two containers per month (City provided containers are required). For more information, call (626) 403-7240.

Used Motor Oil Facts

By volume, used motor oil is one of the largest hazardous waste streams in California: Almost 115 million gallons are sold in the state each year. While about 70 percent is collected after use, it continues to be a serious environmental problem because it is insoluble and contains heavy metals and toxic chemicals. It makes its way into lakes, streams, and oceans via the storm water system and endangers fish, waterfowl, insects, and other aquatic life. In addition, one gallon of used motor oil can foul the taste of 1 million gallons of water. 

How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Do you know when your motor oil needs to be changed?  The old standard of 3,000 miles is woefully out of date and no longer applies to most cars. Many cars, even older models, can be driven up to 5,000, 7,500, 10,000, and even 15,000 miles before needing an oil change.  Drivers may likely save time and money in service costs and do the environment a big favor — without hurting their car or compromising auto performance in the least. To find out when the oil on your car should be changed, check out "Check Your Number". 


Used Oil Drop-Off Sites

There are dozens of local drop off sites to take used motor oil.  Click here to find the closest certified site.

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