Used Oil --- Lead
Acid Batteries --- Antifreeze ---
Gasoline --- Tires
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Many of us are dependent on our automobiles to transport us to and
from important commitments throughout the day. We also have recreational
vehicles such as boats, RV’s, four wheelers, and snowmobiles,
which we use for both work and for fun. To keep them running in
top shape, they often require regular maintenance such as oil changes,
new tires, new batteries, brake work, and coolant flushes. Many
of the products used to service our automobiles are hazardous to
humans and the environment.
The following are products used to service your vehicle that may
be hazardous to your health and the environment if not used, stored,
or disposed of properly.
Used motor oil and filters can pollute water, causing harm to aquatic
animals and fish. Gasoline is toxic to humans and animals because
it contains hydrocarbons, such as benzene (a known carcinogen).
Antifreeze and brake fluids are toxic and can poison children and
pets. Car batteries (lead acid) are corrosive and can cause burns
if spilled on the skin and the lead in car batteries can cause nerve
and kidney damage. Tires can punch holes in the landfill’s
protective cap causing damage to the structure and operation of
a landfill’s leachate and gas collection systems. Tires and
tire piles collect water, creating places for mosquitoes to breed.
These mosquitoes carry the West Nile virus, as well as many other
diseases. Fuel is very flammable and can ignite easily causing serious
burns, if spilled it can harm wildlife.
These products used to maintain our automobiles contribute to the
amount of household hazardous waste generated each year.
Towns and solid
waste districts hold hazardous waste collection events every year, two per year
at minimum (spring and fall) and many common household hazardous wastes can be
disposed of at these events. For more information and event scheduling, contact
your solid waste district. Find contact information on the solid waste district
contact list page. (Note: If you live in a village, fire district, etc., please
select the town your village, fire district, etc. is in from the list. If your
town is not a member of a district, contact information for your town clerk is
Waste Management Districts contact list