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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.

For recycling used motor oil at the following certified centers:

Commerce Lube
2432 S. Indiana St.
Commerce, CA 90023
(323) 261-5100

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.