California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)


Used Oil Payment Program (OPP)

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) administers a program to provide opportunities for local governments/other eligible jurisdictions to receive payments for used oil and used oil filter collection/recycling programs. Eligible applicants are limited to local governments, which are defined in statute as "any chartered or general law city, chartered or general law county, or any city and county." The applicant's local used oil collection program must include used oil and used oil filter collection opportunities and a public education element as outlined in Public Resources Code (PRC) § 48691. PRC § 48653 provides a maximum of $11 million per fiscal year for this program. Actual budget amounts are determined annually as part of the State budget process. Payments are calculated per capita using the Department of Finance's population statistics.

3-Year Used Oil Fund Spending Plan

At CalRecycle’s September 20, 2016 Public Meeting, the 3-Year Spending Plan for the Used Oil Recycling Program will be presented. Program Participants should be aware that the projections in the Plan include no funds available for Used Oil Competitive Grants and a reduction in the amount of funds available for the Oil Payment Program beginning 2018/2019 fiscal year. Statute sets forth funding priorities when funding shortfalls occur and the proposed Plan is consistent with those priorities. Staff will be soliciting input from program participants regarding the effect of the funding reductions and suggestions for the future of the Program. 

A Frequently Asked Questions web page for the OPP program has been developed and will be updated and maintained to assist users in implementing their local used oil program. A recorded webinar (Windows Media Video, 700 Kbps, 1:04 hours) is available for viewing that provides an OPP program overview and Used Oil Payment Program Online (OPPO) Application demonstration.

Model Projects

Cycle Specific Information

Current Cycle

Cycle 7, fiscal year 2016-17 application period is closed.

Awarded Cycles

Note: "OPP" followed by a number is the cycle code for the Used Oil Payment Program.


If you have questions that are program specific, please email

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Last updated: September 6, 2016
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Contact: (916) 341-6457