Used Motor Oil and Filters

Recycling Used Motor Oil and Filters

Did you know that used motor oil never wears out? Used motor oil just gets dirty and can be recycled, cleaned, and used again. Motor oil poured onto the ground or into storm drains, or tossed into trash can (even in a sealed container) can contaminate and pollute the soil, groundwater, streams, and rivers. Download our Used Motor Oil Brochure.

Did You Know?

  • The oil from a single oil change (1 gallon) can ruin the taste of a million gallons of drinking water.
  • Oil dumped on land reduces soil productivity.
  • If the United States recycled all the oil filters old annually, the USA would recover about 160,000 tons of steel, or enough steel to make 16 new stadiums the size of Atlanta's Turner Stadium.

Visit CalRecycle's website for more fun facts like the ones you just read.

3,000 Miles May Be Too Early to Change Your Oil

This old standard no longer applies to most vehicles. Many vehicles, even older models, can be driven up to 5,000, 7,500, 10,000, and even 15,000 miles before needing an oil change. Changing your oil less often may save you time and money in service costs and will do our natural environment a big favor without hurting your vehicle or compromising auto performance in the least. Check your vehicle owner’s manual or visit Check Your Number to find out how often you need to change your motor oil.

Free Motor Oil and Filter Collection Kits  

Do you change your own motor oil? If so, call (530) 225-5789 for a free collection kit that makes transporting your used oil and filters to the recycling center easy. You must be a Shasta County resident.

Motor Oil and Filter Recycling Sites

Used motor oil and filters are accepted for free at several convenient locations throughout Shasta County, during regular business hours. State-certified collection centers reimburse residents 40 cents per gallon or a store coupon for used motor oil.





O’Reilly Auto Parts*

2345 Balls Ferry Rd.


NAPA/Taylor Auto Parts*

2500 Balls Ferry Rd.


Burney Transfer Station

21105 Black Ranch Rd.


Lakehead Transfer Station

Lakeshore Dr., N. of Antlers Rd.

Palo Cedro

Premier Oil Change*

9402 Deschutes Rd.


Pick-n-Pull* 19919 Viking Way


Redding Travel Center*

19483 Knighton Rd.


City of Redding HHWF

 2255 Abernathy Ln.

Shasta Lake

Buckeye Transfer Station

Lake Blvd., 1/2 mile N. of Pine Grove

Shasta Lake

NAPA/J&S Auto Parts*

4512 Shasta Dam Blvd.


Shingletown Transfer Station

Hwy 44 at Ritts Mill Rd.

Lake Shasta Marina

Holiday Harbor

20061 Shasta Caverns Rd.

*State-Certified Collection Center

NOTE: Call the City of Redding at (530) 224-6201 or visit their website for oil & filter recycling locations in Redding.