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Recycling Your Used Motor Oil and Filters Is Easy and Free!

By May 27, 2020

Motor oil picks up heavy metals and other particles as it’s working in our car engines. This stuff is pretty nasty and can potentially harm our ecosystem. Around 706 million gallons of waste oil enter the ocean each year*, and lots of it comes from improper used oil disposal. Thankfully, there is an easy solution to this problem – recycle it!

When we change our oil, the old oil hasn’t gone bad; it’s just dirty. The recycling process cleans the oil so it can be used over and over again.

World Oceans Day is June 8th. Help celebrate by making sure used oil stays out of our local water system. Don’t dump it down the drain or in the trash.

Recycle these materials at no charge at one of over 50 drop-off locations in the county. Find your nearest motor oil and filter recycling center in the “Where to Go” section at the bottom of our Motor Oil Recycling and Oil Filter Recycling pages.

And if you have other auto waste like old gasoline, antifreeze, or transmission fluid in need of disposal, check out our Automotive Fluids page for a list of local hazardous waste collection centers.

* Check out this article on for more information on oil in our oceans.