Household Hazardous Waste

  1. Used Motor Oil Recycling
  2. Household Hazardous Waste & Electronic Waste Program

Did you know that used motor oil never wears out? It just gets dirty and can be recycled, cleaned, and used again. Recycling used motor oil conserves a natural resource (oil) and is good for the environment too! Motor oil poured onto the ground or into storm drains, or tossed into trash cans (even in a sealed container) can contaminate and pollute the soil, groundwater, streams, and rivers. Recycling your used motor oil reduces this pollution threat. When you take your used oil to a certified center for recycling, you are protecting the environment, conserving a valuable resource, and getting paid for it. That's a winning combination!

How Can You Help?

You can participate in oil recycling by following these tips:

  • Drain your used oil into a clean container.
  • Do not mix any other materials, including water, with used oil.
  • Take your used oil to a household hazardous waste collection facility or a used oil collection site.

You can pick up your free used oil recycling kit at the City of Lynwood Public Works Yard, call 310-603-0220, ext. 827 for more information

Used Oil Collection Centers

CalRecycle encourages the recycling of used motor oil by certifying used oil recycling collection centers throughout the state. Certified Used Oil Collection Centers will take used motor oil from the public and will pay you $0.40 a gallon. Most centers will take up to 5 gallons at a time.

There is one catch: certified center managers will not accept used motor oil that has been contaminated with other fluids such as antifreeze, solvents, gasoline, or water. So please, don't mix your used oil with anything. However, if your used oil accidentally gets contaminated, call the Los Angeles County Sanitation Hotline at 800-238-0173.

Access a list of Certified Used Oil Collection Centers in Lynwood.