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City of Modesto, California News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Michele Beck , 209-577-5493
Release Date: Monday, June 16, 2014, 1:00 PM

Expansion of the Used Motor Oil Curbside Collection Program

This July, the City of Modesto is expanding their curbside used motor oil program to include used oil filters. 


Modesto residents (with a black and a green toter for garbage/recycling service) can recycle used motor oil through the Motor Oil and Filter Collection  Program. 


It’s Free and Easy!  The oil and filter will be collected on your garbage service day when you follow these simple steps:


  1. Call your garbage company and schedule a collection appointment.

Gilton Solid Waste 527-3781

Bertolotti Disposal  537-8000


  1. Pour the oil into a plastic container with a screw-top lid.  Do not mix oil with other materials such as antifreeze, brake fluid, or gasoline.  Limited  4 gallons and 3 oil filters per week.
  2. Drain the oil filter into the plastic container and place the filter in a plastic zipper bag .   
  3. On your appointment day, place oil and filters out no later than 6 a.m. SET THEM ON THE DRIVEWAY, NEAR THE HOUSE, AND NOT AT THE CURB.


The City of Modesto has a limited supply of oil drain containers and plastic bags for the oil filter collection program (limited to 1 drainage container per household). Must be a City of Modesto resident.  Call 577-5493 for more details. 

*This program is NOT available to residents who have metal “dumpster” style garbage bins. Please  refer to the  Certified Oil  Collection Centers for recycling.