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Automotive Fluids and Oils

Dispose of it Properly!

Proper disposal of used or unwanted automotive fluids and oils is important to everyone's health and safety! Be sure to dispose of them properly.


Barnstable County Cooperative Extension, in cooperation with your town, provide yearly Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collections:

More information about HHW collections can be found at the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension website.

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About Automotive Fluids and Oils

While the fluids in your engine are the lifeblood of your car, lawnmower, or generator, most of them are highly toxic to both people and animals. Automotive fluids can be any of the following:

  • gasoline
  • antifreeze
  • engine oil
  • lubricating oils
  • hydraulic oils

How can I prevent poisoning from automotive fluids and oils?

Proper storage, use, and disposal of automotive fluids can keep you and your family safe.

  • DO NOT dispose of ANY automotive fluid by dumping it on land, or into a sanitary sewer, storm drain, ditch, dry well, or septic system. ALWAYS dispose of automotive fluids and oils at a Household Hazardous Waste Collections.
  • Store gasoline outside the home (i.e., in a garage or lawn shed) in a tightly closed metal or plastic container approved by an independent testing laboratory or the local or state fire authorities. Never store gasoline in glass containers or non-reusable plastic containers (i.e., milk jugs).
  • Store used engine oil and antifreeze in a tightly closed container on a high shelf where children cannot reach it.
  • Always wash your hands when finished dealing with any automotive fluid.
  • Keep pets and children away from spills and leaks.
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