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Recycle Your Used Motor Oil

Did you know that used motor oil never wears out? It just gets dirty and can be recycled, cleaned, and used again. Recycling used motor oil conserves a natural resource (oil) and is good for the environment too! Motor oil poured onto the ground or into storm drains, or tossed into trash cans (even in a sealed container) can contaminate and pollute the soil, groundwater, streams, and rivers. Recycling your used motor oil reduces this pollution threat. When you take your used oil to a certified collection center for recycling or utilize the City’s household hazardous waste collection program, you are protecting the environment and conserving a valuable resource. If you take your used oil to a certified collection center, you will also get paid. Those are winning combinations! 

About the Certified Centers.

The Integrated Waste Management Board encourages the recycling of used motor oil by certifying used oil recycling collection centers throughout the state. Certified Used Oil Collection Centers will take used motor oil from the public and will pay you 16¢ a gallon. Most centers will take up to 5 gallons at a time. There are 2,700 state certified collection centers and 70 curbside collection programs, which accept used oil for free. Individuals may use any collection center; the following collection centers are in the vicinity of Laguna Woods: 

EZ Lube Inc
24281 Moulton Pkwy
Laguna Woods, CA 92653

Expert Auto Repair
23251 Vista Grande
Laguna Hills , CA 92653

Firestone Store #71T6
24196 Laguna Hills Mall
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Kragen Auto Parts #0715
26562 Moulton Ave Ste C
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Phillips Buick Pontiac Mazda
24888 Alicia Pkwy
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Power Collision Center Irvine 
23532 Commerce Street 
Laguna Hills , CA 92653

Individuals interested in participating in the City’s free household hazardous waste door-to-door collection program should call 949-639-0500 to arrange for a pick-up kit. This program does not reimburse residents for oil collected.

What About Contaminated Oil?

Certified center managers will not accept used motor oil that has been contaminated with other fluids such as antifreeze, solvents, gasoline, or water. So please, don't mix your used oil with anything. If your used oil accidentally gets contaminated, the City’s hazardous waste door to door collection program will pick up uncontaminated and contaminated motor oil. There is no cost to residents for this service.

General Facts About Motor Oil

  • Used motor oil can contain toxic substances such as benzene, lead, zinc, and cadmium.
  • The oil from a single oil change (1 gallon) can ruin the taste of a million gallons of drinking water (1 part per million), the supply of 50 people for one year.
  • One pint of oil can produce a slick of approximately one acre on the surface of water.
  • Films of oil on the surface of water prevent the replenishment of dissolved oxygen, impair photosynthetic processes, and block sunlight.
  • Crankcase oil accounts for more than 40 percent of total oil pollution of the nation's harbors and waterways.
  • Oil dumped on land reduces soil productivity.
  • Concentrations of 50 to 100 parts per million (ppm) of used oil can foul sewage treatment processes.
  • Countries all over the world, including South Africa, Israel, Pakistan, India, Canada, Great Britain, France, Italy, and New Zealand, re-refine a larger fraction of used oil into lubricating oil base stocks than the U.S.
  • Of the over 1.3 billion gallons of used oils (industrial and lubricating) generated each year in the U.S., less than 60 percent is recycled.

California General Statistics

  • 1 in 4 households have a do-it-yourself (DIY) oil changer.
  • Each year about 40 million gallons of automotive oil is sold to the public.
  • About 82 million gallons of used oils were recycled in 1998.
  • Over 20 million gallons of used motor oil is disposed each year in an unknown manner in California by do-it-yourself oil changers. This equates to nearly 1 gallon of DIY used oil improperly disposed of for every adult.


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