Automobile repair and maintenance activities have the potential to contribute directly to water pollution primarily through spills or direct dumping of waste fluids into storm drains. Common automobile maintenance pollutants include:
- Hazardous materials
Use these tips to help prevent polluted runoff from entering our storm drain system, and remember, the ocean starts at your front door.
DON'T DRIP AND DRIVE, GET YOUR CAR LEAKS FIXED
- Detect leaks and fix immediately
- Vehicles that leak oil and other fluids such as antifreeze, brake fluids are dangerous and harmful for us and the environment
- If you see a build up of fluids on your parking spot, place a drip pan underneath your car until you repair the leak
- Motor oil is a serious environmental hazard if not properly collected and recycled. Recycle used oil and antifreeze by taking them to service stations and other recycling centers, and never pour oil in storm drains.
- Do not perform repair and maintenance activities during rain events
- Immediately clean up and contain any spills. Dispose of all waste and absorbent materials properly
- Store hazardous materials and wastes indoors, under cover, or in watertight containers. These include but are not limited to: fluids, solvents, parts containing fluids, and batteries
- Perform automobile maintenance and repairs over water-resistant surfaces like concrete, so spills and waste material can be quickly and easily cleaned up. Use preventative tools like drip pans and plastic sheeting to contain spills and waste material
- Dispose of cleaning and toxic solvents at your local household hazardous waste recycling center
- Wash your car on permeable surfaces, like your lawn; this allows water to infiltrate instead of running off your property
- Conduct auto repair activities at a commercial repair facility
- Perform automobile repair and maintenance activities under a covered area
- Do not buy fluids containing target pollutants like degreasers containing PERC
- Monitor parked or stored vehicles and equipment for leaks, and place pans under leaks to collect fluids for proper disposal or recycling
For more information about proactive automotive care to prevent polluted runoff, check out our applicable brochures below:
Tips for the Home Mechanic
Household Tips (Spanish)
RECYCLE YOUR USED OIL
Find Your Local Used Oil Collection Center
Schedule a curbside pick-up through Waste Management by calling
REPORT POLLUTION HERE
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