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September 22, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Do-it-yourselfers in Fallbrook, Lakeside, Ramona and Spring Valley can score a free new oil filter for their car Saturday, Sept. 26 just by turning in a used one, thanks to the County of San Diego’s Department of Public Works and O’Reilly Auto Parts.

The County and five O’Reilly Auto Parts stores are teaming up to reward those die-hard, at-home mechanics who still like to change their own oil for remembering to recycle their used motor oil and filters at collection centers like O’Reilly stores.

People who bring in their used motor oil filter to one of the five participating O’Reilly stores between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 26 will get a new filter free of charge. People are limited to one free filter per person and can also recycle up to five gallons of motor oil per day.

CalRecycle — the California Department of Resources, Recovery and Recycling — reports that drivers in California generate an estimated 67 million used automobile oil filters every year. They’re considered hazardous waste and are banned from being dumped in landfills, but they are also completely recyclable. The used oil in them can be cleaned and re-used and every filter has roughly a pound of re-usable steel!

The five O’Reilly Auto Parts stores taking part in the event are located at:

  • Fallbrook: 812 S. Main Street
  • Lakeside: 9732 Winter Gardens Boulevard
  • Ramona: 1935 Main Street
  • Spring Valley (two locations): 10050 Campo Road and 8375 Paradise Valley Road.

For more information about the Department of Public Works’ recycling programs, go to the department’s website