DIY NorCal Riders--The How and Where of Oil and Filter Recycling

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Rex Nemo, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    Don't want to dilute this thread, but how 'bout some help on recycling used motorcycle tires? I'm finding it harder and harder to find a place to do this. I have been taking them to my local America's Tire but today it was explained to me that legally they're only supposed to deal with tires they sell...but they did take my two dirt bike tires.

    I believe Contra Costa Transfer Station will accept them for a fee--any idea how much?

    (If you'd rather me start another thread I'll do it.)
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  2. tedski

    tedski Been here awhile

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    MotoShop in South San Francisco (and soon moving to San Francisco) has oil, oil filter, and tire recycling. However, I do think they charge a nominal fee for tire disposal.

    The bonus is that MotoShop is a DIY shop, so you can do your oil change there (they also sell oil and filters). They also have a NoMar tire machine and a balancer for tire changes.
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  3. bigbadandugly

    bigbadandugly Been here awhile

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    That's an interesting concept. Is it common? I can see it being popular enlarge, expensive cities where real estate is expensive and people live in shoe boxes.

    Do they provide the tools? Is there "person of knowledge" on staff to assist and/or give direction for more complex repairs?
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  4. Sfcootz

    Sfcootz banjoboy is my daddy

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    Yes, they have all the tools you need. The owners are both good with wrenches and you can also pay to have an experienced mechanic supervise you. I have done everything from oil changes to adjusting the valves on my monster at Moto Shop.
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  5. tedski

    tedski Been here awhile

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    They also hold classes. They have lifts, tire machines, parts washers, etc. They have relocated to San Francisco (540 De Haro) since my last post. There is no charge to go hang out and look around. They're open Wed - Fri noon-10pm and Sat /Sun 10-7.
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  6. Bicycle Phil

    Bicycle Phil Been here awhile

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    I use a 5 gallon clear plastic jug that had previously contained canola oil. If you ask a restaurant or two I'm sure that they can provide you with the same. I take my used oil to an O'Reilly's that is close by. Also one of the close by quick oil change places will readily take my used oil.
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  7. Rex Nemo

    Rex Nemo horizon calling

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    Yup, Moto Shop is great--and quite popular. Easy to recycle oil and filters there. I'd love to have more options for recycling tires without paying for it...but so far my local dump and local shops have to pay to dispose of tires, so we as consumers do, too. My local dump in Oakland charges $3/tire.

    It's something I'm happy to keep working on, though.

    As for the clear plastic gallon milk jugs: they are not my fave either, but the trucks they use to transport oil are built with racks that fit precisely that size. Other recycled oil bottles don't fit and fall off the racks (or won't go in at all), and so make a mess for the hauler.
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  8. NSFW

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    From the City of Burbank's website:


    Cash for waste oil

    State law entitles you to receive 16 cents per gallon (four cents per quart) for waste oil. For reimbursement, speak to an attendant before emptying waste oil containers. The Burbank Recycle Center is reimbursed by the State for waste oil that is recycled.

    The Burbank Recycle Center is a State-certified oil recycling center and has been recycling waste oil since 1983. State-certified centers may not charge a fee to accept used oil and must offer four cents per quart for the return of used oil. Contact the Burbank Recycle Center at (818) 238-3900 for further information.

    Note: By law, you may not dispose of or recycle more than 20 gallons of oil in one trip. The oil must be in containers of 5 gallons or less.

    :deal

    currently, i just take it to kragen and o'reilly. no more than 10 gal at a time.
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  9. Matt fe2o3

    Matt fe2o3 Long timer

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    Yes, they pay me for my used oil, I take a couple gallons at a time into autozone. Never an issue.
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  10. boney

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    Also in Southern Sonoma County:

    The transfer station on Stage Gultch Road takes oil. The tank is located in the reuse/recycle area bunker. 5 gallons at a time but won't care if you come back the same day. :deal Just be sure to get there before 2:30, when they close the gates. (Yeah, the rest of the place is open until 3.)

    They'll also take your tires. I think it's supposed to be $5 each but the guy there has always told me that motorcycle tires are half of a car, so I've never paid more than $2.50 each. Your mileage may vary.
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  11. pierce

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    I find one of these makes dealing with dirty oil much easier, can neatly transfer it between containers. I use it to suck the old oil out of my too-many older cars, or out of the drainpan the motorcycle drains into, then pump it directly into recycle containers without any spillage, no funnel to clean, nada mess, just wipe off the end of the tube when done, and put it back on its shelf in the garage. it holds about 8 quarts of dirty oil, pumps it by air pressure.. I also use it on power steering, ATF, etc.

    http://www.amazon.com/Mityvac-7201-Fluid-Evacuator-Plus/dp/B0002SR7TC

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  12. GillaFunk

    GillaFunk I use profanities

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    Take your used oil mix crap to:

    HHW Facility at Ben Lomond Transfer Station
    Open every Thursday, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.
    CLOSED SUNDAYS beginning July 1, 2011
    Google Map Link
    (1 Mile North of Glen Arbor Road)
    9835 Newell Creek Road
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    (831) 454-2430

    Its free for residents.


    For motorbike tires, contact your local county waste division. Ask them why they aren't partnering with the local Conservation Corps who has a PILE of STATE GRANT MONEY from CalRecycle to offer FREE TIRE RECYCLING.

    Municipalities also have access to lots of grant funding for tire amnesty (free residential drop off) and clean up. Call and bug your local government waste people (sometimes part of Public Works) and ask them about when they plan on offering a drop off event. GUILT THEM INTO APPLYING and getting the funding to operate the event.
    http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Tires/Grants/Cleanup/default.htm
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  13. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    I have not had much joy from the Oakland curbside oil recycling: they won't remove the oil unless it's in *their* plastic milk jug (which, frankly, makes me want to print counterfeit labels!), and the two times I've called for the delivery, the truck drivers have not left replacement jugs. BUT... they do properly dispose of filters left in a clear plastic bag on top of the recycling bin.

    I have a 5-gallon fuel jug which is specifically designated as the used oil receptacle, and I take it to an oil change place when it needs emptying.

    Regarding tires, Hayward Cycle Salvage and $5 per tire will get them gone.
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  14. Rex Nemo

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    I know, it's a pain. I asked about it, and Recology claims that they want the clear jugs for 2 reasons: to be able to discern whether the oil is contaminated or not, and because the racks in their trucks are built to accommodate the bottles they hand out. Thin rationale, IMO, but that's what they said when I asked.
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  15. HrtofAg

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    http://www.buttecounty.net/recyclebutte/UsedOil.aspx

    In Chico and Butte county it is easy to recycle both used oil/filters and hazardous waste. The link above will get you to the information you need. There are three locations in the county which recycle hazardous waste and many which take the oil.

    By the way, gasoline in oil is dangerous and not just an environmental issue.
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  16. caliform

    caliform Been here awhile

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    Ohhh, I was wondering about that as I was riding up to my buddy who lives just up from there. I am gonna pay them a visit. Thanks!
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  17. Kampfire

    Kampfire Trucky on two wheels

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  18. ian408

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    Recology will give you containers. If you don't want to take advantage of that, just go to Jiffy Lube or other certified oil recycler.

    Waste oil haulers pull a sample of oil before pumping the tank. If the waste oil hauler's load comes contaminated, they will test the samples from their pickup locations and bill whomever tests positive (you pay for the entire load, not just what was pumped from your tank). As far as what you can have in recycled oil; gear oil, waste oil, and other lubricating oils. Coolant, water, power steering fluid, paint, varnish, and other stuff are considered hazardous waste & should be disposed of at a hazardous waste disposal facility and not mixed with oil.

    Contrary to what was written earlier in the thread, you cannot just take your oil anywhere that sells you oil. You must go to a certified oil recycler (at least in California). The reimbursement is $.40/gallon and you have to ask for that before dumping. The recycler can give you a store coupon worth twice what the cash reimbursement would be in lieu of cash.

    Hazardous materials are a big deal in California and any facility that stores them is responsible for their safe storage and disposal. So yeah, if you bring contaminated oil, it will be refused. And you should be told where to take it.

    As for tires, they charge to take them away so you probably won't find many stores who will take them for free though it never hurts to ask. The same for batteries.
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  19. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    Marin County will give you a collection bucket that holds a couple gallons and has a built in screen. Talk to Gillafunk for details on tire recycling, too.
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  20. el queso

    el queso toda su base

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    As a lifelong and proud Californian it warms my heart to see a thread on recycling oil and filters.

    I'm in L.A. and I just take my stuff to the city hazardous waste station. They take my bucket out of the back of the truck, empty it and return it or offer a new one. I recycle my tires at the local Cycle Gear. They have a big pile of tires outside and I just throw mine on top. Nobody has ever said a thing. If all else fails, the city of LA has tire reclamation events. http://ladpw.org/epd/tirerecycling/collection.cfm
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