Free Used Motor Oil and Filter Recycling

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The 3,000 Mile Myth

You might be changing your motor oil more often than is necessary. Automakers are regularly recommending oil changes at 5,000, 7,500 or even 10,000 miles based on driving conditions.  Changing your oil unnecessarily generates millions of gallons of waste oil every year.  Always check your vehicle's user manual for guidelines on when to change your oil or visit www.checkyournumber.org.


Chula Vista Single-Family HouseholdsOil Collection

Chula Vista residents, who have single-family home trash and recycling service have the following options to recycle used motor oil and filters:

  1. Bring used motor oil and filters to a Certified Used Oil Collection Center. Used Oil Collection Centers also provide FREE drain pans. Visit www.wastefreesd.org or call 1-800-237-2583 for the nearest location. *Used Oil Collection Centers will not accept used oil that has been contaminated with water, antifreeze, gasoline, etc.
  2. Arrange for curbside collection by calling Republic Services at (619) 421-9400. Call at least 24 hours prior to your regular collection day.
  3. Bring your used oil and filters to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility for FREE.
    • This facility will accept used oil that has been contaminated with water, antifreeze, gasoline, etc.

Chula Vista Apartment and Condominiums 

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  1. Bring used motor oil and filters to a Certified Used Oil Collection Center. Used Oil Collection Centers also provide FREE drain pans.  Visit www.wastefreesd.org or call 1-800-237-2583 for the nearest location. *Used Oil Collection Centers will not accept used oil that has been contaminated with water, antifreeze, gasoline, etc.                                                               
  2. Bring your used oil and filters to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility for FREE.
    • This facility will accept used oil that has been contaminated with water, antifreeze, gasoline, etc.

TIP:  Remember to fully drain your oil filter for at least 24 hours and place it in a non-breakable container with a watertight lid.

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