Used Oil Recyling Kits

Oil recycling kits similar to this one are available free at Lakewood City Hall, at the public works counter

Lakewood’s backyard mechanics can “finish the job right” when it comes to oil changes. Residents can pick up a 15-quart oil collection kit at city hall’s Public Works counter for free. It also includes a wide-mouth plastic funnel, a shop rag and a cardboard “creeper mat” to help deal with drips or spillage under your car.

The reusable oil collection containers have a screw top and carrying handle that make the job of transporting your used oil to a recycling center easy and spill free. There are six California certified oil collection centers conveniently located for Lakewood residents.

  • AutoZone
    4945 Woodruff Avenue, Lakewood
  • EDCO Transfer Station
    2755 California Avenue, Signal Hill
  • Jiffy Lube
    5533 South Street, Lakewood
  • Mountain View Tire/Goodyear
    5233 Clark Avenue, Lakewood
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts
    5511 Woodruff Avenue, Lakewood
  • Scher Tire/Goodyear
    3800 Cherry Avenue, Long Beach

Some centers also accept used oil filters and antifreeze, so call ahead for specific information. When you dispose of your own oil filter, be sure to let it drain completely (about 24 hours) before recycling it.

Crankcase oil accounts for 40 percent of total oil pollution in California waterways and harbors. Using the kits keeps used oil out of the ground and groundwater, storm drains and ocean.

Every gallon of used motor oil that's improperly disposed of can contaminate one million gallons of drinking water and one pint of oil can produce a slick across water nearly one acre in size. Concentrations of just 50 to 100 parts-per-million of used oil can foul sewage treatment processes.

You can get a free used oil collection kit and advice on where to recycle old oil by visiting Lakewood City Hall at 5050 Clark Avenue. For more information on the location of used oil recycling centers in Lakewood, call 562-866-9771, extension 2500.

Brake fluid, transmission fluid and other auto chemicals must be drained into separate containers and also kept out of gutters and storm drains -- and out of the backyard or the landfill, where dumped chemicals can migrate into the underground aquifers that supply local drinking water. Containers of used fluids can be saved for routinely scheduled household hazardous waste collection events.