environment - used oil recycling

Used Motor Oil Recycling Program

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One gallon of used motor oil can contaminate more than one million gallons of water. Not only is the oil toxic to plants, animals, and aquatic life—the lead, arsenic, and benzene that used motor oil contains are extremely hazardous. Of the 140 million gallons of motor oil sold every year in California, 20 million gallons is neither burned in engines nor returned for proper disposal. This 20 million gallon problem is the focus of WRCOG’s Regional Used Oil Program.

WRCOG’s Used Motor Oil Recycling Program has certified more than 100 collection centers, distributes used oil collection containers at events, and educates car and airplane do-it-yourselfers about used oil recycling. The program is funded by CalRecycle. The cities of Banning, Beaumont, Calimesa, Corona, Murrieta, Norco, Riverside, and certain areas within Western Riverside County also offer curbside collection for used motor oil.

Used Oil Collection & Filter Exchange Events

Certified Collection Centers and Curbside Collection


Used Boater Oil Recycling Program

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WRCOG provides boater outreach to promote clean boating at Western Riverside County’s lakes. The program focuses on preventing oil contamination of Riverside County lakes as well as publishes a boater card on clean boating habits.

Used Oil and Filter Collection

As part of the Boat Oil Recycling program, WRCOG installed a full used oil and filter collection center at Lake Perris, as well as bilge pad collection containers at Lake Perris, Lake Elsinore, and Canyon Lake. WRCOG’s used oil collection center at Lake Perris will allow boaters to properly dispose of their motor oil while inside the state park.

Used boat motor oil that is not contaminated with water can also be disposed of at a Certified Collection Center. If the oil is contaminated, it can be disposed of at a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center.

Bilge Pad Disposal

Bilge pads are designed to soak up any oil in the bilge of the vessel, while leaving the water behind. This prevents oily water from entering Riverside County’s lakes.

Bilge pad collection containers at Lake Perris, Lake Elsinore, and Canyon Lake are designed to provide boaters with a convenient depository for used bilge pads. Free bilge pads will be available at each of these lakes or they can be provided to boaters through our Used Oil Program. 

Additionally, WRCOG provides educational outreach and promotional items to all three lakes, as well as Diamond Valley Lake. These promotional items include a boater kit that contains a bucket, a bilge pad, a neck tote and first aid kit, a funnel, and several pieces of literature on clean boating.

More Information on Boating “Clean and Green”

For more information on “clean and green” boating practices, please visit the California Department of Boating and Waterways website.

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