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Used Motor Oil & Filters
To recycle used motor oil and oil filters, follow these three easy steps:
  1. Order the free oil jugs and filter bags by calling your recycling hauler. You must use free City-issued oil jugs and filter bags which are designed to prevent leaks.

  2. Place filled oil jugs and filter bags on the curb near your recycling cart for collection.

  3. After collecting your used motor oil jugs and filter bags, the driver will leave a replacement for what is collected. For example:
    • If one oil jug is picked up, then one empty oil jug is left in exchange (up to a maximum of four one-gallon jugs).
    • If one oil filter bag is collected, then one empty filter bag is left in exchange (up to a maximum of two oil filter bags).


Oil mixed with antifreeze, transmission fluid, or any other automotive fluid will NOT be collected. For safe disposal of other automotive fluids, contact the Santa Clara Countywide Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program at (408) 299-7300 or visit the HHW website to schedule a free appointment.