Residential Used Motor Oil & Oil Filter Recycling

How Does Pollution Get to the Ocean
 From Your Neighborhood?

We all know that water drains to the ocean, but what happens to it before it gets there? 

On its journey, water travels through streams, valleys, rivers, and lagoons that all make up a watershed. By clicking on the "Where You Live" logo below you’ll be able to enter in your own address and take a virtual tour of the path oil and other pollutants take from your neighborhood to the coast.

On the way, you’ll see what habitats it travels through, what animals might be affected, and learn more about your local watershed and the features that make it special.


In order to run this mapping tour, you’ll need to make sure you have downloaded Google Earth. If you do not have Google Earth on your computer, click below to download it for free.

If you're having trouble downloading Google Earth, click here.

At the moment, this program is only available for Oceanside addresses.

Residential Used Oil Recycling and Oil Filter Exchange Program

Recycling used motor oil and oil filters is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect our waterways and oceans from pollution. In the United States, 40% of pollution in waterways is a result of used engine oil. Not only is this oil pollution widespread, but it is also dangerous! It only takes one gallon of used oil to contaminate one million gallons of drinking water with toxic contaminants like arsenic, lead, cadmium, zinc, barium and chromium.

The good news? Used motor oil and oil filters don’t have to be thrown in the trash; they can be recycled into new and valuable products. If all used motor oil was recycled every year in the United States, it would save 1.3 million barrels of oil per day, a potentially important contribution to American fuel independence. Similarly, if all used oil filters were recycled annually in the United States, 160,000 tons of steel would be recovered. This is enough to construct 16 more Petco Park stadiums!

Since the City of Oceanside makes used oil and filter recycling easier than ever, there is no reason not to do it. The City of Oceanside is hosting Used Oil Filter Exchange Events during which Oceanside residents can bring their used oil filters and exchange them for a FREE new oil filter of their choice. Dates, times, and locations of upcoming Used Oil Filter Exchange Events are listed below:

City of Oceanside Used Oil Filter Exchange Events:
Please check back soon for dates and locations as we are currently in the process of scheduling our 2016-2017 events. 




As an Oceanside resident, you can help conserve our natural resources and protect human and environmental health by recycling your used motor oil and oil filters at the following certified collection centers (CCCs).

CCC Name


Phone Number

Accepts Used Oil?

Accepts Used Oil Filters?

AutoZone #4041

3513 Cannon Road

(760) 806-4821

AutoZone #5560

3975 Mission Blvd.

(760) 967-7395

Ecology Auto Parts

1030 Airport Rd.

(760) 966-2866

Express Tire

1151 South Coast Highway

(760) 722-1261


Jiffy Lube #1278

1970 Oceanside Blvd.

(760) 439-5050

Jiffy Lube #3244

4106 Oceanside Blvd.

(760) 643-9268

Midas #77038

2510 Mission Ave.

(760) 757-5004

Mossey Nissan Oceanside

3535 College Blvd.

(760) 720-9797

O’Reilly Autoparts #0331

502 Oceanside Blvd.

(760) 722-1878

O’Reilly Autoparts #0794

3840 Plaza Dr.

(760) 940-1808

O’Reilly Autoparts #1329

3661 W. Mission Ave.

(760) 439-3101

Oceanside Tire & Service Center

499A College Blvd.

(760) 940-1100

Pep Boys #667

2041 Mission Ave.

(760) 721-1608

Pep Boys #742

3752 Plaza Dr.

(760) 724-2726

For any recycling questions please call the Oceanside Recycling Hotline at (760) 435-5015.

This program is funded by a grant from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery.