Used motor oil is a hazardous waste and dangerous contaminant. Just one quart of motor oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of ground water. That’s enough water to cover a football field more than one inch deep!
Used motor oil never wears out, it just gets dirty and can be recycled, cleaned, and used again and again. Don’t mix used motor oil with other fluids such as antifreeze, solvents, gasoline, or water. Once contaminated it cannot be recycled and reused.
The County of Monterey Health Department’s Environmental Health Bureau administers the Countywide used motor oil and filter recycling program. The program is free and provides various outlets for proper disposal of used motor oil and filters through residential drop-off centers, residential curbside collection, agricultural and marine drop-off centers.
If you are a Do-It-Youselfer (DIY’er) and change your own oil please;
- Be careful and avoid spills
- Use kitty litter or a rag to wipe up spills
- Don’t mix oil with any other fluids.
- Drain oil filters and collect the used oil for recycling
To participate in the free curbside collection, request a free oil jug and filter bag from your hauler and set them out beside your recycling cart on your regularly scheduled pick up day.
For more information download a free used motor oil & filter recycling brochure.