In California, used oil is a hazardous waste. It can contain such contaminants as lead, magnesium, copper, zinc, chromium, arsenic, and chlorinated compounds. 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 (and it's illegal!). The oil from a single oil change (1 gallon) can ruin a million gallons of drinking water – a year’s supply for 50 people. Recycling your used motor oil reduces this pollution threat.
There are many benefits to recycling used oil besides keeping our water and land clean and safe.
Rerefining is energy efficient - less energy is required to produce a gallon of rerefined oil than to produce a gallon of virgin oil.
If the oil generated by all do-it-yourself oil changers in America were collected and rerefined, it would provide enough motor oil for over 50 million cars each year. This would reduce our dependence on imported oil, help reduce our trade deficit, and provide jobs.
The City of Berkeley and the State of California provide numerous collection centers for the recycling of your used oil and used oil filters. These certified used oil collection centers will accept used oil from the public at no charge during regular business hours that the center is open and even offer a 40-cent per gallon refund.
Certified collection centers will not accept used motor oil that has been contaminated with other fluids such as antifreeze, solvents, brake fluid or water. So please, do not mix your used oil with anything. If your used oil accidentally gets contaminated, it must be disposed of as hazardous waste. Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste accepts contaminated oil and other household hazardous wastes such as antifreeze, cleaners and paints. For more information or to find a drop-off location near you, call (800) 606-6606 or visit their website at http://www.household-hazwaste.org/.
The following is a list of certified used oil collection centers in the City of Berkeley:
Berkeley Transfer Station (also accepts filters)
1201 Second Street • 981-6350
Berkeley Marina (also accepts filters)
201 University Avenue • 981-6740
Berkeley Honda (also accepts filters and antifreeze)
1500 San Pablo Avenue • 665-0106
Mon-Fri 7:30-6, Sat 7:30-4:00
Art's Automotive (also accepts filters and antifreeze)
2871 San Pablo Avenue • 540-7093
Jiffy Lube (also accepts filters)
960 University Avenue • 843-3057
Sun 10:00-4:00, Mon-Sat, 8:00-6:00
| Oil Changers (also accepts filters)
2246 San Pablo Avenue • 841-3731
Sun 9-5, Mon-Fri 8:00-7:, Sat 8:00-6:00
Call 1-800-STOPWASTE or visit http://www.stopwaste.org for other locations in the State of California.
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