Used Motor Oil and Filters

Alternative ways to recycle
Illegal in Garbage & Drains
Household Hazardous Waste

Protect… Collect… Recycle!!

Disposing of used motor oil and used oil filters properly is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect our local environment!

Check out ways to responsibly recycle your used oil and oil filters at the Responsible Recycling Oil page.

Watch the City’s Used Oil PSA to find out why you should do your part and recycle used oil and oil filters.



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!

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).

CC Name

Location Phone Number Accepts Used Oil?

Accepts Used Oil Filters?

AutoZone #4041

3513 Cannon Rd

(760) 806-4821

AutoZone #6166

2253 El Camino Real (760) 696-9428    
AutoZone #5560

3975 Mission Blvd

(760) 967-7395

AutoZone #5661 1028 Mission Ave (760) 439-7437  
AutoZone #4139

4231 Oceanside Blvd

(760) 726-4276

Jiffy Lube #1278

1970 Oceanside Blvd

(760) 439-5050

Jiffy Lube #3244

4106 Oceanside Blvd

(760) 643-9268

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

Waste Management Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Open Tuesday-Saturday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (closed 12:00 – 12:40 pm)

 2800 Industry St (760) 940-2824    


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.

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Don't Dump in Trash or Down Drain

Used motor oil is a major contaminant of waterways, so never dump down the drain or in the trash. Filters also leak toxic materials into waterways, which are slow to break down in the environment.


Never Mix with Other Chemicals

Service stations will not accept motor oil that has been contaminated with other products like antifreeze. Don’t mix your motor oil with anything else.

Alternative Ways to Recycle

Take to Service Stations

The best way to recycle used motor oil and filters is to take them to a service station or auto shop. Find one that’s certified.

Did You Know?

What Happens to Recycled Motor Oil

Used motor oil can be cleaned and recycled, which helps keep it out of waterways. Recycled oil is then used to make heating oil, asphalt and other petroleum-based products. It is usually not recycled and resold as motor oil.