Used Oil Recycling Program
Welcome to the Certified Collection Center Program
When you become a State-certified Used Oil Collection Center and accept used motor oil from the public you increase your customer traffic, provide a valuable service to your community, and receive a recycling incentive from CalRecycle.
If you would like to download all of these materials in a single document, link to the Complete CCC Operators Guide (PDF, 3.9 MB).
- Collection Center Basics
- Becoming a Collection Center
- Accepting Used Oil Filters
- Advertising Your Status as a Certified Collection Center
- Filing for the Used Oil Incentive Payment
- First Timers
- How to Choose a Hauler
- Additional Resources
Collection Center Basics
This section summarizes key aspects of the Certified Collection Center program.
Funds for this program are derived from a 24 cents per gallon fee added to the cost of lubricating oil in California. The funds are managed by CalRecycle which pays the incentive claims available to you as a Certified Collection Center. CalRecycle also distributes money to local city/county Used Oil Recycling Programs through the Oil Payment Program (OPP). The OPP money can be used to educate the public about recycling oil and filters, and also to assist certified centers.
- Certified Collection Center Basics (PDF, 4 MB)
Becoming a Collection Center
This section is designed for people considering participating in the program for the first time. It reviews the benefits and obligations of certification, and also includes detailed instructions for completing the application form.
- Becoming a Certified Collection Center (PDF, 4 MB)
- Certification Application (CalRecycle 29) (PDF, 567 KB)
The Used Oil Certified Collection Center Unit can be contacted for questions regarding certification or incentive claims:
All Certified Collection Center signs are free and will be shipped directly to your location. Use the online request form or call (916) 341-6690 to place an order.
Accepting Used Oil Filters
This is an important part of serving as a Certified Collection Center. Do-it-Yourselfers (DIY) don’t always understand that filters as well as used motor oil must be recycled. It is illegal to throw filters in the trash. This section explains how you can help.
- Accepting Used Oil Filters (PDF, 4 MB)
Advertising Your Status as a Certified Collection Center
As soon as your business becomes certified by CalRecycle it is included in the searchable database. Local Used Oil Recycling Programs also publish lists of Certified Collection Centers in recycling guides and websites.
For additional ideas on advertising refer to this section. (PDF, 4 MB)
Oil Drop Symbol – If you would like to include the official blue and gold oil drop symbol, you can download it from this graphics page. Information is also there about approved uses of the symbol including the appropriate colors to use.
Filing for the Used Oil Incentive Payment
As a Certified Collection Center, you are eligible to apply for used oil incentive payment funds. You must submit your request within 45 days of the end of each calendar quarter. Note: Incentive quarterly claims cannot be combined or submitted all at one time. Each quarter must be submitted separately. You can request funds at two levels:
- For used motor oil brought to you by DIYers: 40 cents per gallon
- For used motor oil you generate in your own business: 16 cents per gallon
For details on how to document the amounts of each oil type, and instructions for completing the incentive payment form refer to the section below. Also included is a NEW self-calculating form is designed to make applying easier and faster. Directions are included in this section of the manual.
- Filing for the Used Oil Recycling Incentive Payment (PDF, 4 MB)
- Used Oil Recycling Incentive Payment Claim (CalRecycle 31) (PDF, 1.6 MB)
If you are filing for MULTIPLE LOCATIONS, there is also a new self-calculating spreadsheet to assist you.
- Attachment For Operators of Multiple Certified Collection Centers (CalRecycle 31-B) (Excel, 15 KB)
- CalRecycle 31-B Instructions (Word, 40 KB)
DIY Log Form: Only use a log if you collect both on-site generated oil and DIY oil and you claim both incentive amounts. If you only claim 16 cents per gallon for all oil collected, no log is required.
The FIRST TIME you apply for the incentive payment, there are two additional forms to complete. These are also described in the instructions.
- Payee Data Record (Std. 204) (PDF, 175 KB)
- Lubricating Oil Purchase Receipt (CalRecycle 326) (PDF, 529 KB) (Word, 38 KB)
How to Choose a Hauler
The hauling of used motor oil and filters is an industry that is going through changes. As companies consolidate and pricing structures change, you may find it helpful to compare the services available from different haulers.
- Choosing a Hauler (PDF, 3.9 MB)
A list of haulers of used motor oil and filters knows to CalRecycle to serve businesses to California. Note that information may not remain current and that no recommendation is implied by inclusion in this list.
- Used Oil Collection Hauler List (PDF, 4 MB)
Additional Resources for Certified Collection Centers
Contaminated oil is occasionally a problem for Certified Collection Centers. Used motor oil mixed with anything else including water cannot be recycled and must be treated as hazardous waste. This section explains.
- How to avoid accepting contaminated oil including signage you can order
- How to Deal with Contaminated Used Motor Oil (PDF, 4 MB)
Your responsibility to refer Do-It-Yourselfers with contaminated oil to an appropriate disposal location. Your local Used Oil Recycling Program Manager will be able to help you with this, and you can also find a list of hazardous waste agency contacts by county.
Illegal dumping of hazardous waste is a serious offense, whether it is oil left outside your door after hours, other waste materials such as paint or pesticides left on your property, or emptied oil containers placed in your trash that contain enough residue to leak out.
- Illegal Dumping (PDF, 4 MB)
Not all Certified Collection Center businesses experience these problems, and they are not confined to businesses that participate in the program. However, they can be very challenging to deal with. Once these materials are on your property, you are legally responsible to dispose of them properly.
This section suggests some tips for dealing with illegal dumping and ways that your local Used Oil Recycling Program manager may be able to help you.
Managing Spills and Drips
This section has information on how to maintain a clean and safe shop, comply with regulations regarding discharge of wastewater, and save money. The two following sections are excerpted from Proper Automotive Waste Management, a manual for auto shop classes developed by Shasta Community College in 2003. You can find the complete manual here.
- Managing Spills and Drips (PDF, 4 MB)