Used Oil Recycling
Boat Green & #KeepSolanoClean
Don't let leaky oil leave the bilge.
Did you know that 1 gallon of motor oil can ruin 1 million gallons of drinking water? It is important for boaters to carry out clean, safe boating practices to help protect Solano County's water, wildlife, and recreation. You can make this happen simply by installing a clean, new oil absorbent or bilge pad in your boat's bilge compartment at the start of every boating season.
Oil absorbents are designed to absorb oil and repel water, and can be returned for oil recycling curbside, at a local Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility, or at a bilge pad exchange station at Lake Berryessa or Sandy Beach Park in Rio Vista.
Receive a free oil absorbent with your FREE 2020 Boater Kit.
Click here to complete the boater kit request form or visit our Boater Outreach interns on summer weekends at Lake Berryessa, Sandy Beach Park or Delta Marina in Rio Vista, Suisun City Marina or Boat Launch, and the Vallejo Marina. Our schedule is listed here.
Clean Boating Happy Hour
Bring your own Happy Hour snacks and join us online for some quick and easy tips that keep boating fun and our waterways clean. You will find out how to receive your 2020 boater kit and be eligible to win one of many free "happy hour" prizes, including local wine.
Date: Thursday, July 30
Speaker: Vivian Matuk, Environmental Boating Program Manager
California State Parks Division of Boating & Waterways Boating Clean & Green Program
Clean & Green Team Competition
Share your voice and help protect your watershed from oil pollution.
Are you a youth under the age of 21 who is passionate about the environment and protecting your local waterways? If so, participate in our #CleanGreenTeam challenge by doing one of the following:
1. Submit a video explaining how motor oil affects your watershed (2 minutes max).
2. Submit an original photo and caption featuring the responsible use or disposal of used motor oil.
3. Submit an original comic featuring Petrolia the Used Oil Avenger.
Prizes will be offered to the participant whose work best captures the impacts of oil pollution in our watersheds: free kayak rental, free night of camping at Steele Canyon Resort, or a Lake Berryessa swag bag.
For more info, check out our flyer here.
Photo: A group photo of teens after a habitat restoration field trip.
Certified Collection Centers
Recycle used motor oil, oil filters, and oil absorbents at a Certified Used Oil Collection Center.
Carefully drain used oil from a motor and/or oil filter into a clean container and take it to a Certified Used Oil Collection Center, a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility, or have it collected curbside by your local waste management service*. Oil absorbents such as bilge pads can be placed in a sealed plastic bag and collected curbside*, dropped off at a bilge pad exchange station, or delivered at a HHW facility.
Certified Collection Centers displaying this official logo will pay recyclers a 40-cent-per-gallon recycling incentive (up to 5 gallons per visit).
Visit our Certified Collection Centers of Solano County map below to find a Certified Collection Center or bilge pad exchange station nearest you.
* Curbside pickup varies by city. Please check with your city or visit recycle.solanocounty.com
Download the Used Oil Recycling Flier