California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)


Used Oil Payment Program (OPP)

General Information

The Used Oil Payment Program (OPP) allows participants flexibility in development and management of their local used oil programs while minimizing their administrative burden. This is due to various program changes described below. This Web page provides eligible applicants (local government and other eligible entities) with directions to the applicable Used Oil Payment Program (OPP) Guidelines and instructions to successfully participate in this program. It is the responsibility of all OPP applicants/payment recipients to read and be knowledgeable about the applicable guidelines based on the cycle for which you have or are planning to apply.

Used Oil Program Changes

Public Resources Code 48600 et seq. describes the California Oil Recycling Enhancement Act (Act) which provides for, among other things, funding to assist local governments in developing and maintaining an on-going used oil and used oil filter collection/recycling program for their communities. In 2009, Senate Bill 546 (Lowenthal, Chapter 353, Statutes of 2009) was enacted and made various changes to the Act, including: changing the funding from a reimbursable grant program (formerly known as the Used Oil Block Grant Program [UBG]) to a payment program (referred to as the Used Oil Payment Program [OPP]), increasing the funding to $11 million per year (up from $10 million), and encouraging local governments to use a minimum of $1 million (approximately 10 percent of their individual funding) on collection and recycling of used oil filters.

The Act also authorizes the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to develop more specific guidance for this program and related annual reporting needs. In an effort to streamline the process, CalRecycle is changing the administrative procedures to be more efficient and effective. These changes are reflected in the OPP Guidelines (by cycle) which serve as the primary resource for program administration. It is not the intent to have new guidelines each cycle; however, the first and second cycles have resulted in guidelines with some modest differences/changes.

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.


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." CalRecycle may make a payment to another entity that will implement the program of a local government (in lieu of making a payment to that local government) with the agreement of that local government. 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.


The OPP is non-competitive and provides payments/funds to establish and maintain used oil and used oil filter collection/recycling programs as follows:

  • 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.
  • Allocation to Payment Recipients is calculated on a per capita basis using the Department of Finance's population statistics.
  • CalRecycle provides minimum awards to small jurisdictions: $5,000 for cities and $10,000 for counties.
  • Jurisdictions may also apply regionally and pool their funds.

Model Projects

Cycle Specific Information

FY: Fiscal year. OPP: Used Oil Payment Program code.

The OPP Guidelines contain the essential programmatic requirements for each cycle of the program. Please go to the applicable cycle below to obtain the OPP Guidelines. Additionally, each payment cycle will include application information and resources for Applicants/Payment Recipients.

Next Cycle

    Application materials for FY 2014/15 will tentatively be available spring 2014.

Past Cycles

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Last updated: April 17, 2014
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Contact: (916) 341-6457