California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Used Oil and HHW Grant Program

Develop a Program

CalRecycle has compiled the following materials and tools for planning, implementing, and evaluating used oil and household hazardous waste programs. The information is intended to complement the guidance and support provided by CalRecycle grant managers. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact your grant manager.

Grants Administration

Program Planning and Evaluation

Community-Based Social Marketing Pilot to Increase Do-It-Yourself Oil Recycling Rates. Summarizes the findings of pilot studies in Los Angeles, Napa, and Madera Counties to determine the effectiveness of Community Based Social Marketing in increasing used oil and filter recycling among Californians who change their own motor oil, Do-It-Yourselfers (DIYers). Published by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).

Used Oil Recycling Program Self Evaluation and Program Gap Identification. This online evaluation tool will help you increase used oil collection by determining which program components to emphasize and how to work within a limited budget.

Grant Management Success. A manual for evaluating your used oil recycling program, which you can download from our publications catalog.

Changing Behavior--Insights and Applications. A project team at the local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, Washington, spent several months in 1995 reading behavior change literature from energy conservation, recycling, health education and other fields, looking for insights. This paper, revised in 2001, describes their findings.

Demographics information enables program managers to more effectively determine need for services based on characteristics such as language, age, income level, vehicle ownership, residence type, etc. In addition, the characteristics of a community determine the type of outreach that may be most effective, e.g. large populations of Spanish speakers may lead to bilingual outreach materials or large numbers of senior citizens may indicate the use of large font materials.


These reports may be used by grantees, along with other measurement and tracking devices, to evaluate their programs' performance.

  • Used Oil Collected Per Capita From Do-It-Yourselfers, FY 2003-2004. This report provides statewide do-it-yourselfer (DIYer) or at-home mechanic oil collection for the most recent year in which completed data is available. This data has been compiled from the annual reports sent in by all grantees. Data listed for each grantee includes total DIYer oil gallons collected, per capita collection, per DIYer household collection, and Block Grant cost per gallon of DIYer oil collection. DIYer oil filter collection information is also provided
  • Used Oil Collected via Certified Claims. This report shows the amount of used oil claimed within the most recent calendar year by each certified collection center within each city or county or for several cities or counties. It can be used by grantees to complete their annual report.
  • Used Oil Collected Per Capita From Do-It-Yourselfers, FY 2002-2003. This report shows per capita oil collection per block grantee. It is compiled from grantees' annual reports.
  • CCC Status Report. This report provides the most recent changes made to the used oil certified collection centers by city or county. There are two report options available: Upcoming Expirations Report and the CCC Status Update Report.

Partnering With Certified Collection Centers

See also the Certified Center Operator home page, which includes information and materials developed for certified center operators.

Targeted Sector Programs

Any activity that generates used oil may require an organized recycling effort consisting of establishing collection locations and performing outreach. In addition to at-home-mechanics, targeted sector programs may include marinas, airports, agricultural areas, and small businesses such as the conditionally exempt small quantity generators (CESQG).


Earth Resources—A Case Study: Oil. (Grades 6-12). CalRecycle partnered with the California Scope, Sequence and Coordination Project (SS&C)/K-12 Alliance and the California Department of Education to develop this 9- to 12-week curriculum based on the State Science Framework and National Science Education Standards. The goal of the project is to engage students in understanding life, earth, and environmental science, while maximizing their scientific processes and developing their strategies for responsible action and community outreach.

Last updated: July 8, 2015
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