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Welcome to the OC Recycle Guide. Need to get rid of it but not sure where it goes? Search an A-Z list of recycling options for Orange County residents.

Cars, Vehicles and Auto Parts


Whether you’re replacing a single car part or looking to get rid of portions or an entire car, many parts can be recycled or re-manufactured through local resources.

Examples include:

  • Used engine oil – OC HHW Collection Center or local auto part stores
  • Oil filters – tire or auto part stores, OC HHW Collection Centers
  • Auto glass – salvage yards
  • Engines and transmissions – salvage yards, auto repair shops, mechanics
  • Scrap metal (rims, door handles, etc.) – scrap metal yards
  • Car batteries – auto part stores, salvage yards, OC HHW Collection Centers
  • Tires – tire stores, salvage yards

Always contact a location to confirm they accept your item and for any instructions on proper handling for transportation.

Orange County resources:

Research and donate a used vehicle to a reputable charity. Many are available that help causes such as veterans, children or low income families. Contact the California Department of Motor Vehicles for more information on steps to take when donating a vehicle. 


* Please note that some external links provide information that is not managed nor updated by OC Waste & Recycling.  You may contact those sites directly with any questions, requests or updates. We will routinely monitor external sites linked from our pages. 

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