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It only takes one drop of motor oil to contaminate an entire swimming pools worth of water. Motor oil is insoluble, persistent, and contains heavy metals and toxic chemicals. Properly recycled used motor oil can be cleaned and used again, ensuring that it doesn't contaminate local waterways and pollute our environment.
There are more than 200 locations in San Diego County that accept used motor oil and used oil filters from the public for recycling year-round. Motor oil must not be contaminated with water or other liquids such as antifreeze, solvents or gasoline.
To find a location near you, use the recycling search above. Enter the waste category (motor oil or motor oil – filters for example), zip code, how you heard about us and lastly your community. You will then see a list of the ten closest locations to you to recycle your used motor oil. Residents that have contaminated motor oil or more than five gallons of clean motor oil can must visit a household hazardous waste collection facility, use the search bar above to learn more or call 1-877-R1-EARTH
Paint Disposal 101
The improper disposal of paint creates a very real threat to individuals and the environment. Disposing of paint in the trash can cause toxic chemicals to seep into the soil and water. Plus, it is illegal to discard of paint in the regular trash. Leftover paint is considered household hazardous waste when not used. There are two types of paint products: oil-based paint and water-based paint. Oil-based paints include enamels, varnishes, shellacs, lacquers, stains and sealers. Water-based paints are latex paints. Household hazardous waste products, such as paints, contain potentially hazardous metals that require special care when you dispose of them.
So what do you do with these items? First, never pour paint down the drain. The safest and easiest way to dispose of paint is to take the cans to a local retailer, made possible through the PaintCare Program. Paint retailers do not accept aerosol, industrial, original equipment, or specialty coatings.
To find a local household hazardous waste collection facility for disposal of all types of paint, search “Paint/Stain” for disposal locations or call us at 1-877-R-1-EARTH.