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Used Motor Oil
The Problem
Motor oil poured onto the ground, into storm drains or in the trash (even in a sealed container) can contaminate and pollute soil, groundwater, streams, and rivers and it's illegal. Storm drains lead straight to the ocean.

One gallon of used oil can contaminate a million gallons of drinking water with metals like lead, magnesium, copper, zinc, chromium, cadmium, and arsenic. Used motor oil accounts for more than 40% of the total pollution of our nation's harbors and waterways.

The Solution
Protect the environment, conserve a valuable resource and get paid for it. If you change your own oil, you can help reduce pollution by draining it into a clean spill-proof container and take it and oil filters to a California State Certified Collection Center for recycling.

Do not mix motor oil with other fluids such as antifreeze, solvents, gasoline or water.

Get paid .40 cents per gallon, up to 5 gallons per visit, for recycling used motor oil at the following certified centers:

Commerce Lube Center
2432 S. Indiana St., Commerce
(323) 261-5100

Zippy Lube-A-Truck #1
4164 E. Washington Blvd., Commerce
(323) 265-2703

Call for hours of operation. Centers will not accept used oil that has been contaminated with other fluids. Contaminated oil can be taken to a Free L.A. County Roundup or permanent HHW facility. Please refer to the Hazardous Waste Recycling and Disposal page for locations.