Motor Oil


Updated on July 23, 2020



The City of Berkeley and the State of California provide numerous collection centers for the recycling of your used oil and used oil filters; details and locations (including the Berkeley Transfer Station at 1201 Second Street) can be found at


If possible, consider purchasing an electric vehicle which eliminates the need for motor oil. Call your local auto mechanic or oil changer to inquire about motor oil recycling programs onsite.


Motor oil picks up a variety of hazardous contaminants when used in engines and transmissions. These contaminants include lead, cadmium, chromium, arsenic, dioxins, benzene and polycyclic aromatics. If used motor oil and the contaminants it contains are disposed of inappropriately and released into the environment, they can harm humans, plants, animals, fish and shellfish.

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