Put the Brakes on Frequent Oil Changes

Did you know many cars can go 10,000 miles without an oil change? We know you have got a lot of ground to cover and sights to see, so don’t waste time on unnecessary oil changes!

Reasons to change your car’s oil less often:
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Recycle Used Motor Oil Filters (But NOT in Your Garbage or Recycle Bin)

A used oil filter may contain up to 10 ounces of used motor oil inside.

A used oil filter may contain up to 10 ounces of used motor oil inside.

What happens when a used oil filter is improperly disposed of? The oil trapped inside the filter will ooze out and contaminate our streams, neighborhood streets, and the local landfill.

Once oil contaminates a landfill, over time it can gradually reach underground water sources. The California Department of Resources Recycling & Recovery (CalRecycle) estimates there are at least two million gallons of motor oil lost when filters are not properly recycled at a used motor oil and filter collection center.

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Have You “Checked Your Number” Lately?

What's your car's "number?"

What’s your car’s “number?”

By Julia Au, Pollution Prevention Specialist, San Mateo County Environmental Health

I was recently reminded by my mechanic that I’m overdue for an oil change, but when I checked my service manual it turned out that I actually had a few thousand miles left before my next service.

If you own a car like I do, keeping up with servicing your car is important, which includes routinely changing the oil. But do you know how often your car really needs an oil change? Most people think it’s every 3,000 miles, however that is no longer the norm.

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Free Motor Oil Filter Exchange Event March 26th

Come to our upcoming filter exchange event!

Come to our upcoming filter exchange event!

Too often used motor oil filters are not recycled and end up in the trash. San Mateo County has over 65 locations for “Do It Yourself” oil changers to drop off used motor oil and filters for proper recycling. There’s also a good chance you can even have these hazardous items picked up from your curb on your garbage day!

To promote used oil filter recycling, San Mateo County is hosting a filter exchange event on March 26th at the O’Reilly at 7283 Mission St. in Daly City, from 10am to 2pm.

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Used Motor Oil and Oil Filters – Linked for Life

Crushed oil filters on their way for recycling.

Crushed oil filters on their way for recycling.

What happens when a used oil filter is not properly disposed of? An oil filter may contain up to 10 ounces of used motor oil trapped inside, just waiting to ooze out and contaminate our streams, neighborhood streets and the local landfill. Once oil contaminates a landfill, over time it can gradually reach underground water sources. The California Department of Resources Recycling & Recovery (CalRecycle) estimates there are at least two million gallons of motor oil lost when filters are not properly recycled at a used motor oil and filter collection center.
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