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 (and it's illegal!). 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!
The 3,000 mile myth
Are you changing you motor oil too often? With today’s new technologies, many car makers confirm automobiles can now maintain top performance with longer space between oil changes? What was the standard 3,000 miles between oil changes is now 5,000 miles or even 7,500 miles. So it makes economic and environmental sense to “check your number” and be sure you are not changing your oil too soon, creating unnecessary waste of money and resources.
Check your owners’ manual, or simply click on www.CheckYourNumber.org to easily find out for free the recommended time to change the oil on most vehicles made from 2000-2012.
Butte County Certified Oil Recycling Centers:
These locations will accept your used motor oil and pay you ten cents per quart.
AutoZone, 136 W. East Ave., Chico *
AutoZone, 7542 Skyway Rd., Paradise *
AutoZone, 1843 Park Ave., Chico
AutoZone, 1970 Oroville Dam Blvd. , Oroville *
AutoZone, 1636 Hwy 99, Gridley *
Butte County Public Works, #9 County Center Dr. , Oroville *
Chico Transfer and Recycling-Waste Management, 2569 Scott Ave., Chico
Chuck Patterson Toyota-Scion-Dodge, 200 East Ave, Chico *
Gridley Household Hazardous Waste Recycling, Ord Ranch Rd, Gridley *
Jiffy Lube, 6081 Clark Rd, Paradise *
Jiffy Lube, 1450 Oro Dam Blvd. , Oroville *
Jiffy Lube, 1218 Mangrove Ave., Chico
Jiffy Lube, 2452 Notre Dame Blvd, Chico
O'Reilly Auto Parts, 1590 Hwy 99 Gridley *
O'Reilly Auto Parts, 1618 Mangrove Ave., Chico
O'Reilly Auto Parts, 2525 Oroville Dam Blvd East , Oroville *
O'Reilly Auto Parts, 6640 Clark Rd., Paradise *
O'Reilly Auto Parts, 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., Chico
Lyons Express Lube, 5605 Almond St., Paradise *
North State Rendering Co., 15 Shippee Rd., Oroville
Pep Boys Automotive Supercenters, 1555 Mangrove Ave, Chico.
Pick-N-Pull/ Chico #82, 397 E Park Ave, Chico *
Pro Lube, 2485 Notre Dame Blvd, Chico
Northern Recycling & Waste Services - 920 American Way, Paradise
* These locations will also accept your used oil filters.
Are you are a Butte County farmer who needs to get rid of used oil or used oil filters? Well, take it to one of our Ag Oil Recycle Centers near you. You can recycle up to 55 gallons of used oil per trip.
Here are the drop off locations near you:
- Neal Road Recycling & Waste Facility
1023 Neal Rd.
Chico, CA 95927
(530) 879-2352 Hours: 7 Days a week, 7:00-4:00
NOW OPEN! South Butte County Ag Oil Facility
- City of Biggs Public Works Yard
2865 West Biggs-Gridley Rd.
Biggs, CA 95917
(530) 879-2352 Hours: M-F 8:00-3:00
This program is strictly designed for farmers to get rid of their agricultural oil. To participate in the program and protect yourself from fines, you the farmer MUST LEGALLY transport oil by the following requirements, otherwise up to a $250,000 fine may be assessed.
- Oil and filters MUST be transported in a vehicle owned by you, and must be driven to the collection site by you or your employee.
- Oil must be transported in a drum that is a non-leaking and has a sealable lid that is labeled "Waste Oil".
- Oil filters must be transported in a container that can adequately contain the residual oil and has a sealable lid. Filters should be drained for 24 hrs. before disposal.
- Please plan a route to the collection center that avoids heavily residential or environmentally sensitive areas like waterways.
- It is recommended that you carry some kind of kitty litter or absorbent material and a small bucket and shovel to clean up any small spills that occur while transporting or transferring the oil.
- If you get in an accident or otherwise spill large amounts of your oil, you must report the spill to Steve Rodowick, Butte County Recycling Coordinator at (530) 879-2352 as well as any other appropriate agencies. (Butte County Fire, CHP, etc.)
If you would like information about other locations outside of Butte County that accept used oil visit the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) website: