|Check Your Local Recycling Options
Used oil filters are becoming more commonly accepted in local recycling programs. In many cases, the used oil collection facilities where you take your used motor oil may also accept used oil filters for recycling. If they do not, and you cannot find a location on Earth 911, consult with your local used oil collection facility to see if they can direct you to a location or business that provides this service.
If you don't have access to a local recycling program for used oil filters, check with your local municipal recycling coordinator or solid waste department for recommended disposal options. Remember - regardless of how you recycle the used oil filter, you should drain the used oil out of the oil filter first.
Tips on Changing Your Oil Filter
1. After you have drained all the oil from the engine block, use a filter wrench to loosen and remove the old oil filter.
2. Place the flat or open end of the filter in the drain pan or on the used oil recycling container to allow as much of the used oil as possible to drain out of the filter. It is recommended that you leave the filter in this draining position for at least 12 hours. Many used oil collection centers or municipalities provide specialized used oil recycling containers that accommodate filters. Your local auto parts store may stock them as well.
3. To store the oil drained from the oil change and the filter, certain everyday household containers can be used including milk and water jugs or the original motor oil bottles. DO NOT use a container that previously held household chemicals, such as cleaners,solvents, fuels (gasoline), paint or bleach. Make sure the cap is securely fastened and taped to avoid spillage.
4. Install the new oil filter according to the manufacturer's instructions.
5. Take the used oil and oil filters to the nearest recycling center in your community.