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Used Oil and Oil Filters

Used Oil

Changing Oil Too Often? You may be wasting time and money by changing your oil more frequently than necessary. Review your owner’s manual for manufacturer’s suggested oil change frequency. CalRecycle has a website that shows manufacturers’ suggested frequency: 

  • Why recycle used oil? One quart of improperly disposed oil can pollute over 250,000 gallons of drinking water.

  • American Petroleum Institute re-refined oil, which is recycled from used oil, has been proven to be equal to or better than oil made from virgin base stock.

  • It takes only one gallon of used oil to make 2.5 quarts of re-refined oil; however, it takes 42 gallons of crude oil to make 2.5 quarts of virgin oil.

  • Don’t forget to buy re-refined oil! It encourages oil recycling programs to grow and cuts our consumption of non-renewable resources.

  • Oil filters are manufactured from high grade steel and are recyclable.

source: CalRecycle and the American Petroleum Institute (API)

Waste Guide

Recycling Locations

    Recycle used oil at Certified Collection Centers in your neighborhood. Most locations are automotive centers or retail stores with convenient hours and when you recycle used oil at a Certified Collection Center you can collect 40 cents per gallon.  Please limit the amount of used oil you are recycling to no more than 5 gallons per trip. For a list of participating centers please call 1-800-CLEANUP or visit The following CCCs are located in the unincorporated portion of the county. There are many more CCCs located within city limits.

    Daniels Tire Service dba Jack Sauter Tire Factory

    78-105 Country Club Drive, Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203

    Idyllwild Garage

    25015 Hwy 243, Idyllwild, CA 92549

    Heavy Equipment Rentals

    13013 Temescal Canyon Road,Temescal Canyon, CA 92883

    Ironman Renewal dba Zippy Lube-A-Truck

    72189 Varner Road, Thousand Palms, CA 92276

    LKQ - Pick Your Part

    27600 N. Sierra Del Sol Road, Thousand Palms, CA 92276

    Mountain View Tire/Goodyear

    30664 Benton Road, Winchester, CA 92596

    Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities and Events **FREE**

    The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources offers several outlets for Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), including used oil and filters. This service provides residents of Riverside County a FREE and environmentally safe way to properly dispose or recycle household hazardous waste. Click HERE to download the HHW Flyer.

    Business waste is NOT accepted at these facilities.

    Trash Service Haulers

    Additional used oil and filter services may be provided to residents by your trash service hauler. Please contact your trash service hauler to ask if they collect used oil and filters curbside.

    Used Oil Collection and Filter Exchange Events


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    Residents can bring their used oil and filters in for recycling and receive a free oil filter at these specific events and locations. These events are sponsored by the Coachella Valley Association of Governments, call 760-346-1127 for details.

    You may contract with a hazardous waste transporter to properly dispose of this waste. To find a Hazardous Waste Transporter, please visit:

    Visit the business hazardous waste page for additional information.

    How to Become a Certified Collection Center

    If you own or operate an automotive parts retail shop, service or repair shop, gas station, or auto dealership and are interested in becoming certified, for more information go to:

    This information above is offered as a public service in an effort to eliminate illegal and improper waste disposal. As the information may not be comprehensive, the Department encourages the public to research additional companies that are available for the services sought. The companies are not affiliated, endorsed or regulated by the Department. Accordingly, as with any professional service, please confirm the accuracy of the company’s information and request copies or verification of the company's license and/or permits to provide the service, prior to utilizing its services. Under no circumstances, directly or indirectly, shall the Department be held responsible or liable for reliance on this information.  If you would like to include your company on the list, please contact [email protected] or call (951) 486-3200.