Used Oil Recycling

Huntington Beach Fire Department – FREE Residential Used Oil Recycling

Are you a do-it-yourself mechanic who needs to dispose of used oil? The City of Huntington Beach, in conjunction with CALRECYCLE, has developed a FREE used oil disposal program for residents.  The program offers three convenient ways for you to dispose of used oil:

  • Free Home Pick-up of Your Used Motor Oil and Oil Filters.  Do you have used motor oil or used oil filters? Through this program, you can easily schedule a collection of these materials right from your home. There are three easy ways to schedule a free home collection:
    • Go to
    • Call 1-800-449-7587 (Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
    • E-mail
  • Drop it off at a Certified Collection Center. These include auto parts stores, auto service businesses, and auto dealerships.  For a complete listing of the collection center locations, log onto and enter “Huntington Beach” in the search box.
  • Take it to the Orange County Household Hazardous Waste Center.  One of Orange County’s four HHW centers is located here in Huntington Beach at the Rainbow Environmental Services refuse facility, 17121 Nichols Street, Gate 6.  Hours are 9AM-3PM Tuesday through Saturday, closed on major holidays and rainy days.  This center accepts all types of household hazardous wastes (paints, cleaners, old garden chemicals, old fuels, solvents, personal care products, TVs, computers, fluorescent lamps, etc).

Tips for Disposing of Used Oil and Oil Filters

  • Do Not Mix Anything Into Your Used Oil. Doing this will contaminate the oil and increases the cost of disposal.  Keep the other materials separate and drop them off at the Household Hazardous Waste Center at Rainbow Environmental Services .
  • Collect Used Oil in Original Containers, if Possible.  You can put the used oil into the empty containers your fresh oil came in.  If these are not usable, use a clean container that’s been rinsed of all previous material (such as plastic bleach or laundry soap bottles), and clearly label the container with “USED OIL” on its exterior.  
  • Used Oil Filters.  Used filters can contain a significant amount of oil even after they’ve been drained.  Package them in a plastic bag to prevent leaks; ziplock-style bags work great for this purpose. 
  • Used Diesel Filters.  Package these the same way as used oil filters, and label the bag as a diesel filter.  Used diesel filters can be recycled, but not always with the used oil filters; it depends on the method used by the wastehauler. 
  • Do Not Dump Used Oil Into Street Gutters or Storm Drain Openings in Curbs!!. The street gutters drain directly to the ocean without going through a treatment process. Oil or other hazardous materials entering the gutters will be carried directly through the storm drain system and eventually end up contaminating the local beaches and wetlands.
  • Do Not Place Used Oil Filters Into Your Regular Trash Can!  Even after draining they can contain significant amounts of oil that can leak into your trash can.  This can contaminate the trash and increases disposal costs.  

Did you know?

The Huntington Beach Fire Department conducts free home fire safety inspections for seniors.  You can also get a free smoke detector with a 10 year battery and carbon monoxide detector installed.  This free service is provided by Project SHIP senior home inspection program volunteers. You can schedule an appointment online or call 714-374-1615.

Contact Information

City of Huntington Beach
Fire Department
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone: (714) 536-5411
Fax: (714) 374-1551

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