How to Properly Dispose of Used Oil, Transmission Fluid, Anti-Freeze, etc.

Performing proper maintenance on your vehicle is essential to keep the car performing well. Proper maintenance often entails changing and draining aged fluids and replacing them with new fluids. Although this is often an easy task to do, many run into the problem of how to properly dispose of old fluids.

Oil Disposal
Catch all the old oil into an oil pan as it drains. Once the old oil has been drained, be sure to grab the pan. If some has accidentally spilled on the ground, be sure to use something absorbent, like kitty litter, to soak it up and then clean the spot with a degreaser. Transfer all the drained oil into plastic containers via a funnel. Grab the lid to each bottle and make sure to close tightly. Wrap the bottles in a trash bag for transport. Take the oil to any location that can recycle it, such as an auto parts store or mechanic shop. Other recycling centers may be available as well and you can contact your local AMSOIL dealer to find out where they are.

Transmission Fluid Disposal
Make sure you have a three gallon capacity bucket under the drain to catch all fluid. Once completely drained, remove the pan and finish maintenance. Find some clean plastic containers, such as an old milk jug, and pour the old transmission fluid from the pan into the jugs using a funnel. Seal the containers tightly. Wrap the jugs in a heavy duty plastic trash bag for transport to avoid any potential leakage. Transport the jugs to a local disposal facility. You can find local disposal facilities by contacting the offices of your local state government. Usually local auto parts stores will accept the used fluid for recycling.

Antifreeze Disposal
Antifreeze is toxic to both humans and animals. It is essential to drain and dispose of it properly. The first thing you want to do is put on safety equipment. This includes goggles, a mask and some gloves. Disconnect your battery and open up the radiator drain valve. Allow all the fluid to drain into the pan and then tighten the valve. Pick up the pan carefully and transfer the antifreeze into a clean plastic container with a lid via a funnel. Tightly seal the container and put in a plastic bag for transport. Be careful not to spill any during transfer from pan to bottle. If you do, use kitty litter or sand to absorb it, place paper towels over top, allow it to sit for three hours and then clean up. If your antifreeze is old, you can take it to a local auto shop or mechanic. If the antifreeze is contaminated with motor oil or any other fluids, it must be handled as hazardous waste and you must transport it to a local hazardous waste facility.

Performing regular maintenance on your vehicle keeps the car safely on the road. Just be certain to dispose of all fluids properly. Doing so helps to not only protect the environment, but also the people and pets around you.

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