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Used Oil --- Lead Acid Batteries --- Antifreeze --- Gasoline --- Tires --- misc.

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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.



  • Always read the label for proper usage and disposal instructions
  • Whenever possible use alternative non-toxic product
  • Keep containers clearly labeled and out of reach of children
  • Never mix products during storage
  • Donate useable products to a shop or friend that may be able to use them
  • Buy only what is needed for the job to avoid storage difficulties
  • Bring any unwanted products to a local household hazardous waste collection facility, participating service station or special collection event

Where to take HHW:


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 provided.)

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