Keeping your vehicles in good repair helps prevent exhaust emissions from adding to air pollution, and can prevent automotive fluids from leaking onto the streets. When it does rain, storm water flows down the street and picks up any automotive fluids on the street. This storm water then enters storm drains and is deposited in local parks, basins, lakes, and washes. Many small oil leaks and spills add up to a significant problem.
Oil and Other Auto Fluid Changes
If you change your own motor oil and other automotive fluids, clean up every accidental spill. Any fluid left on the pavement will get washed down our driveways and streets, and into the storm water system the next time it rains.
Best Management Practices for used motor oil and automotive fluids:
- Use a drip pan when changing motor oil and all other automotive fluids.
- Take all used oil to a used oil recycling facility. Call 1-800-CLEANUP for the location nearest your home. Many auto parts stores offer oil recycling services.
- Save used oil and other used automotive fluids and dispose of them at a household hazardous waste collection event in your community.
- Fix leaks as soon as possible.
- All major vehicle maintenance and repair should be performed at a licensed and environmentally responsible auto repair facility.
- Use commercial products designed to absorb automotive fluids or use old towels, kitty litter or sand. Sweep up used absorbent materials immediately.
- Take all contaminated towels and absorbents to a household hazardous waste event in your community.