Engine Fluid Waste
All engine fluids - Do You?
Practice proper storage and spill prevention techniques as described
in - General Housekeeping.
Oil - Do You?
Use or donate used oil to be burned in a waste oil heater (heat
your shop or greenhouse)
Use a reputable recycling service or collection program to collect
Prevent oil from being contaminated (and thus becoming hazardous
waste) through contact with other wastes.
Antifreeze- Do You?
Properly label used antifreeze in a spill proof container. (Ideally,
put it back into its own container, but remember to label accordingly.)
Consider an antifreeze recycling unit
Seek a partnership with a local shop in town to share a recycling
Keep antifreeze segregated from other waste
Seek a partnership with a local garage or government facility
to turn over antifreeze for recycling elsewhere.
- Do You?
Handle transmission fluid and other heavy oils like regular
Consult the heater's manufacturer before burning it in a waste
Consult your recycler to see if these fluids may be integrated
with standard motor oil.
Brake fluid - Do You?
Avoid contamination with break cleaning solvents.
Store in their own segregated safe containers
Investigate local recycling or collection options.
Parts cleaning solvents
- Do You?
(Solvents can be expensive, treat them so and conserve them.)
Consider less hazardous strippers when possible
Reuse solvents when possible.
Pre-clean with dry methods to remove excess dirt and grease
Filter solvents to prolong life.
Avoid F-listed (chlorinated solvents).
Use proper storage and spill containment techniques described
under General Housekeeping
When you must dispose of solvents, be sure to: use
a legitimate recycling facility, OR a permitted hazardous waste
Spill protection while
changing fluids - Do You?
Install drip pans and trays throughout the shop — under vehicles
and wherever liquids are transferred.
Parts, Miscellaneous, and Metal Waste - Do You?
Use parts for other projects or repairs; or turn in for salvage
Recycle metals with other metal waste (may require separation
of different metals).
Sort usable or recyclable pieces from unusable mixed solid waste
Observe proper disposal rules for the remaining (unrecyclable)
- Do You?
Avoid acquiring junk tires at all cost!
Try to set up a recycling connection for tires through a local
tire store, recycling service, garage or government facility.
Realize it is illegal to burn tires. (It is usually legal to
dispose of tires with approval of the landfill, but most landfills
charge a fee.)
filters - Do You?
Drain filters into used oil storage container.
Recycle filter bodies.
Practice spill prevention procedures while draining.
Avoid using terne-plated filters which are difficult to properly
batteries - Do You?
Store used batteries off the ground, upright in a secure covered
location to prevent leaks and temperature extremes.
Recycle batteries through a local recycling service, garage
or government facility.
Remember not to stack batteries.
If you drop a battery, neutralize the spill with baking soda
Wear proper personal safety clothing when handling batteries.
rags and towels -
Avoid disposable shop rags, utilize a shop towel laundering
Wring out shop towels (into an appropriate waste container)
to reclaim solvents and other products (use proper personal
protection, e.g. gloves).
Avoid chemicals which may hinder laundering of shop towels (e.g.
perchloroethylene and toluene).
Keep clean and dirty shop towels in separate, well-labeled containers.
- Do You?
Know that absorbent materials (sawdust, kitty litter, etc.)
containing absorbed materials may be considered hazardous and
will require special disposal.
Use drip trays and pans to prevent spills.
Use squeegees to recover product and cleanup spills.
Consider using rags that can be “wrung” out to recover product.
Containers and Packaging - Do You?
Re-use empty clean containers
for storage of appropriate items.
Return empty containers to the distributor for re-use where
Use empty containers for storage of fluids to be recycled
Store fluids in properly labeled containers and never
mix e fluids inappropriately.
Reuse and recycle paper and cardboard
as recommended under General Housekeeping.
Buy products with as
little packaging as possible
Separate reusable and recyclable packaging materials from those
that can only be disposed of.