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Used Motor Oil and Filter Disposal

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There are three easy ways for residents to dispose of their used motor oil and filters:


Palm Desert residents can dispose of used motor oil and filters by calling Burrtec Waste and Recycling Services at (760) 340-2113 to schedule a pick-up at least 48 hours in advance of their regular trash day. Used motor oil must be drained into a transparent plastic one-gallon container and oil filters must be completely drained and sealed in a zip type bag. The containers and filters should be placed out at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on the resident’s regular trash day.


Anyone wishing to dispose of used motor oil and filters can do so anytime throughout the year at one of the following Certified Collection Centers located in Palm Desert. Certified Collection Centers will accept up to five (5) gallons of used oil per visit free of charge. Please contact each center for more information.

  • Burrtec’s Recycle Center – 41800 Corporate Way
  • Jiffy Lube – 74499 Fred Waring Drive or 42275 Washington Street
  • Mountain View Tire Center – 44420 Town Center Way or 34700 Monterey Avenue
  • Auto Zone – 73605 Highway 111 or 34860 Monterey Avenue


The City of Palm Desert sponsors used motor oil and filter collection events twice per year, typically in March and November. Please call the Public Works Department for additional information at (760) 776-6450, or email


Due to advances in modern engines and improved oil formulas, CalRecycle and the City of Palm Desert encourage drivers to check the recommended oil change interval for their vehicle in their owner’s manual. Doing so can save time and money and is also good for the environment. For more information on CalRecycle’s “Check Your Number” campaign, click here.