Used Oil & Oil Filter Recycling

Protect, Collect, Recycle!

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!

Residential Used Oil & Oil Filter Recycling

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 certified collection centers (CCCs). Click here for a full list of CCCs near you.

Visit the Green Oceanside events page for a list of upcoming used oil filter exchange events.

Learn All About How to Practice Responsible Oil Recycling With Our Series of Videos Below:

City of Oceanside Used Oil PSA


Responsible Oil Recycling

Environmental Impacts

You and Your Auto

Oil and Filter Recycling Process



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