Proper Disposal of Automative Products

Most automative products are flammable and/or toxic. Therefore, they can be hazardous if mishandled or disposed of improperly. Here are ways to properly dispose of automative products.


Always use antifreeze according to directions. If unable to use it, pass it on to others who might need it. Never pour used antifreeze on the ground or into a ditch. Check if your local waste-water treatment plant accepts antifreeze. If not, bring the antifreeze to a hazardous-waste collection center or to a licensed hazardous-waste disposal facility.

Degreasing fluids

Keep the degreasing fluids in a secure and tightly closed container. Take it to a licensed hazardous-waste disposal facility.


Gasoline is highly flammable and toxic and must be handled with extreme caution at all times. Use up gasoline whenever possible, especially now that gas prices are high in value. When disposing of gas, save amounts larger than a gallon or two. Bring gasoline containing lead or other hazardous contaminants to a hazardous-waste collection center or licensed hazardous-waste disposal facility. Gasoline from small motors (lawn mowers, snowmobiles, boats, etc.) should be strained through cloth or paper filters to remove impurities and stored for future use in tightly closed, well-labeled containers. Add dry gas to remove water. For additional information about storage and safety, consult your local fire department.

Automobile batteries

Old car batteries should be recycled, repaired, and reused. Acid and metals in used up automobile batteries pose a hazard due to their toxic and corrosive natures. Look for a battery shop or any facility that does storage and retail of car batteries. This type of shop must know how and where to properly dispose of old car batteries.

Used motor oil

Do not attempt to dump waste oil on the driveway, on the soil, into storm sewers, or down the drain or toilet. Used motor oil should be taken to an oil recycling center or to a gas station where it is collected, then taken to a reprocessing plant. Your community may also have recycling efforts for hazardous wastes like motor oil. If not, contact oil collection sites in your area or a service gas station. You may have to pay a small fee to drop off a few gallons of used motor oil.

Transmission fluid, kerosene, diesel fuel, brake fluid

These can be added to oil and recycled, as well, but only if the treatment facilities near you can handle these fluids.

Dispose of automative products properly