On-Going Used Oil and Oil Filter Recycling
Walnut residents can help prevent pollution of our ground water and oceans by recycling their used oil. Residents who take uncontaminated used oil and oil filters in secured, non-leaking containers to one of the certified Used Oil Collection Centers in Walnut (listed below) are eligible to receive a 4-cent per quart of used oil rebate from the collection center.
(How to dispose of Contaminated Used Oil.)
Residents are limited to a maximum of 5 gallons per visit. Walnut residents may pick up free used oil containers and used oil filter containers at the Maintenance and Recreation Facility at 21701 E. Valley Blvd. (proof of residency required).
The current Certified Used Oil Collection Centers in Walnut are:
- Firestone Tires 860 N. Nogales Street, 626.965.2224
- The Oilmen, 856 N. Nogales Street, 626.965.4798
- O'Reilly Auto Parts (formerly Kragen), 18724 Amar Road, 626.965.6012
- Mobil Xpress Lube, 762 N. Nogales Street, 626.965.6032
(Please call ahead for hours of operation. Used oil can only be dropped off during working hours.)
Zero Waste - You Make It Happen!
Funded by a grant from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)
For consumer information on how and how often to change your automobile motor oil, please see visit CalRecycle's new "CheckYourNumber " webpage.
What is CalRecycle's “Check Your Number” Campaign?
“Check Your Number” is a creative new public education campaign with two primary goals.
First, it encourages Californians to look up the recommended oil change interval for their vehicle instead of defaulting to the old standard of 3,000 miles. With today’s advanced technologies, many car makers confirm that their automobiles can now maintain top performance and engine life while going longer between oil changes. Thus, it makes economic and environmental sense to “check your number” and be sure you are not changing your oil too soon, unnecessarily wasting money and resources.
The second goal is to inform residents on the proper way to collect and recycle used motor oil and filters. There are many free, local collection centers available throughout the state to help drivers do their part to keep harmful toxins out of the groundwater.
The State's new website is designed to make it easy for residents to “check their number” and be better informed about the responsible time and way to handle their next oil change.
Why is This Important? Does One Car’s Used Motor Oil Really Cause so Much Damage Anyway?
Following are some jaw-dropping facts that underscore the importance of recycling used motor oil.
•According to the EPA, nearly 40% of the pollution in America’s waterways is from used motor oil
•It only takes one gallon of used motor oil to pollute one million gallons of water. Oil is insoluble and if it is not recycled properly ,it can find its way into oceans, lakes and other bodies of water, harming fish and other aquatic wildlife
•Improper disposal of used motor oil is illegal and can result in fines of up to $10,000
Why is More Education Still Needed? What are the Common Mistakes?
Though it is relatively easy to “check your number” and recycle used motor oil thanks to the many free online and community resources supported by CalRecycle, it is also, unfortunately, easy to unknowingly change your oil too frequently and/or mistakenly contaminate used motor oil.
The top two common mistakes by motorists are:
- Changing Motor Oil Every 3,000 Miles Unnecessarily― A recent survey by CalRecycle indicates that almost 15 million Californians change their motor oil every 3,000 miles or more often, using more than 114 million gallons of motor oil each year – enough oil to fill 173 Olympic size swimming pools. The truth is the 3,000 miles baseline does not apply to many cars on the road today. In fact, automakers now recommend oil changes at 5,000, 7,000 or even 10,000 miles for newer models. Many drivers are mistakenly defaulting to this interval based on an outdated standard, so education is needed to build awareness that new guidelines now exist as a result of improved automotive technology.
- Contaminating Used Motor Oil Rendering it Unrecyclable― Well-meaning do-it-yourselfers trying to recycle used motor oil are often unaware that using a dirty container or allowing even a drop of water to mix in will contaminate the oil. There are special receptacles designed to keep out contaminates, and residents can also use a clean, empty plastic container with a tight lid. Mixing the oil with anything will contaminate it; contaminated oil cannot be recycled and must be taken to a household hazardous waste facility or collection event.