California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Used Oil Recycling Program

Used Oil Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) Project

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Senate Bill (SB) 546 (Lowenthal) requires that the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) coordinate, with input from representatives of all used oil stakeholders, a comprehensive life-cycle assessment of California’s used lubricating and industrial oil management process.

This page provides the most current information available related to this project. A detailed project timeline, including dates and locations for stakeholder meetings, will be posted here once finalized.

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Public Involvement

Active stakeholder participation is critical to the success of this project. CalRecycle encourages public involvement and feedback on the scope and design of the LCA study.

Project Implementation

CalRecycle will implement a two-phased approach to this project.

Phase I:

  • Began in the fall of 2010 and will continue into 2011;
  • Will consist of a series of facilitated stakeholder and workgroup meetings, previous meetings were held in January and March of 2011,
  • Registration for future meetings can be found at California State University Sacramento (CSUS)
  • Scopes of Work have been approved for the LCA Practitioner contract as well as the Critical Review contract. The University of California at Santa Barbara has been selected as the contractor for the LCA Practitioner contract and an RFP has been issued for the Critical Review contract.

CalRecycle is entering into a contract with an expert, neutral facilitator to guide the stakeholder process throughout the project. The contractor selected is California State University at Sacramento (CSUS) and the facilitator at CSUS is Dr. Lindle Hatton. The scope of work for this contract is currently being revised and will be made available when it is final.

Phase II:

  • The LCA practitioner will develop and conduct the LCA study and prepare a report on the findings;
  • An economic contractor will develop and conduct an economic study to determine the impact of various used oil management options and prepare a report on the findings;
  • A critical review will be conducted by a third-party, independent, non-biased individual to be selected by CalRecycle. This review will occur concurrently with the LCA development. This integrated review will ensure that the procedures used by the LCA practitioner adhere to the ISO 14040 standards. More information is available on the guidelines of the critical review process.

Based on the results of the stakeholder process and the LCA study, CalRecycle will develop a Report to the Legislature, which is due on or before January 1, 2014.


CalRecycle in conjunction with the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) have compiled a list of background documents and publications pertinent to the Used Oil LCA Project on the recovery, reuse and disposal of used oil.


CalRecycle is committed to keeping stakeholders informed about all aspects of the LCA project. CalRecycle will send out regular e-mail messages related to project developments. To receive these e-mail messages, subscribe to the Used Oil Life-Cycle Assessment Project listserv, previous messages are also available.


CalRecycle is implementing this project with assistance from DTSC. If you have any questions or comments regarding the project, please send an e-mail to the LCA project team or contact the staff below.

The CalRecycle/DTSC project team consists of:

  • Robert Carlson, Senior Integrated Waste Management Specialist, CalRecycle Contract Manager
  • Bob Boughton, Senior Hazardous Substances Engineer, Department of Toxic Substances Control
  • Shirley Willd-Wagner, Chief, Financial Resources Management Branch, CalRecycle

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Last updated: November 10, 2011
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