New North County facility opens fro free collection of agricultural used motor oil
On Wednesday, May 09, 2012 Monterey County Environmental Health held its grand opening celebration of its newest Agricultural Oil & Filter Collection Center in Monterey County. Supervisor Louis R. Calcagno, Director of Environmental Health John Ramirez, Acting Director of Public Works Paul Greenway, local farmer Robert Rodoni, our equipment specialist, Andy Bagley, and environmental health and public works staff were all on hand to celebrate the momentous occasion. The center is available to Agricultural Farmers who generate less than 27 gallons of used motor oil per month. This new center joins two other already established centers in Salinas and King City that since 2005 have collected a total of 56,460 gallons and 48,250 filters.
In the opening remarks, Acting Director of the Department of Public Works, Paul Greenway emphasized the benefit of this center as a much needed service for the public. Many small farmers don’t generate enough used motor oil to make it economically feasible to have on-site pick-up and generate more than what is allowed to be taken to residential collection centers.
The new center is a partnership between the Department of Public Works and the Monterey County Health Department’s Environmental Health Division, with funding from the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. It is a component of the countywide used motor oil and filter recycling program administered by Environmental Health’s Recycling Services. Any questions about the program can be directed to Gabriela Carbajal at 831-755-8909.
The center is located at Public Works North County Yard on 1171 San Miguel Canyon Road in Royal Oaks and is open during regular business hours by appointment only by calling 831-722-2266. No more than one 55 gallon drum of used oil and one 55 gallon drum of used filters are accepted per visit. Drums or containers must be properly labeled during transportation. No pesticides, oil water antifreeze, solvents or other chemicals are accepted.