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How to Recycle Used Motor Oil in Santee

Did you know all that dirty motor oil hides clean oil within it? And you can get paid to recycle it.

Motor oil is never permanently worn out and dirty, it can be recycled and used many times over. If improperly disposed of, the oil will pollute soil, ground water, and will make its way right into the San Diego River and out to the ocean.

If you already change your oil, saving it for recycling is just a matter of draining the oil into the right kind of container, seal it witha proper lid and bring it to a State Certified Used Oil Collection Center, and you'll even get 4 cents for each quart you recycle.

Tips when saving motor oil to recycle:

• Use a clean plastic container with a tight lid

• Don't mix the oil with other chemicals or substances.

• Must be 5-gallon or smaller container.

• You may only recycle 5-20 gallons per day, per person.

Local State authorized used oil collection centers include , , , El Capitan Oil, and . It is suggested that you call the shop before coming with oil.

This "living green" tip only really applies if you change your own oil, any responsible shop will reycle it if they change your oil.

If you have any questions about recycling used motor oil, call the California Integrated Waste Management Board Recycling Hotline at  1-800-CLEANUP.

Chris Garcia April 27, 2011 at 04:43 PM
In the past, we have taken used oil to the Toyota dealership and to Wal-Mart. I would think you can still do that, but I never remember getting paid for it!

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