More than 25% of us change our car’s oil ourselves. Waste motor
oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, battery acid, gasoline, car wax,
engine cleaners, degreasers, radiator flushes, and rust preventatives
contain toxic chemicals. When waste oil is poured down storm drains
it can flow directly into streams, lakes and Puget Sound. Over
90% of the used oil applied to roads for dust control actually
leaves the road surface on dust particles or in surface water
runoff. Used oil placed in the garbage can seep through the landfill
to contaminate groundwater.
only recommended way to dispose of oil is to put it into a sturdy
container and take it to your neighborhood automotive garage or
oil recycling center. Recycling one gallon of used oil yields two
and one-half quarts of high quality lubricating oil, the same amount
produced from 42 gallons of crude oil. Call 1-800-RECYCLE for recycling
locations near your home. Disposing of antifreeze is also a problem.
Antifreeze contains ethylene glycol which is poisonous to fish,
wildlife and people. Many cats and dogs have died after drinking
the sweet tasting puddles of antifreeze left on driveways. Do not
dispose of antifreeze down storm drains, instead ask you local service
station to add the liquid to their used anti-freeze storage drum.
If your household is connected to a central sewer system, call your
wastewater utility for specific guidance in disposing of anti-freeze.