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Automotive maintenance activities are considered storm water pollution “hot spots” producing significant loads of hydrocarbons, trace metals, and other pollutants. Wastes generated by residents performing their own car maintenance include:

  • Solvents (paints and paint thinners)
  • Antifreeze
  • Brake fluid and brake lining
  • Batteries
  • Motor oils
  • Fuels (gasoline, diesel, kerosene)
  • Lubricating grease.

Waste Reduction

  • Minimize the number of solvents used to make recycling easier and to reduce hazardous waste management costs.
  • Do all liquid cleaning at a centralized station to ensure that solvents and residues stay in one area.
  • Locate drip pans and draining boards to direct solvents back into solvent sink or holding tank for reuse.
  • See information below for used automotive fluid recycling. 

Use Safer Alternatives

  • Use non-hazardous cleaners when possible.
  • Purchase recycled products such as engine oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, and hydraulic fluid.

Spill Clean Up

  • Use as little water as possible to clean spills leaks, and drips.
  • Use rags to clean small spills, dry absorbent material for larger spills, and a mop for general cleanup. Mop water can be disposed of via the sink or toilet to the sanitary sewer.
  • Have absorbent pads and booms on hand for spill response.

Good Housekeeping

  • Employee training and public outreach are necessary to reinforce proper disposal practices.
  • Monitor parked vehicles for leaks, and place pans under leaks to collect the fluids for proper disposal or recycling.
  • Promptly transfer used fluids to recycling drums or hazardous waste containers.
  • Do not pour liquid waste down floor drains, sinks, or outdoor storm drain inlets.
  • Obtain and use drain mats to cover drains in the event of a spill.
  • Store cracked batteries in leak proof secondary containers.
  • Keep dumpster areas clean and free of hazardous wastes.

Parts Cleaning

  • Use detergent-based or water-based cleaning systems instead of organic solvent degreasers.
  • Drain oil filters and other parts before recycling.

Used Oil Collection

Washington County Landfill Used Oil Collection

The Washington County Landfill collects used motor oil, hydraulic fluid, and transmission fluids from “Do-It-Yourselfers” and farmers.  It is free of charge when brought to the landfill during regularly scheduled hours.

Maximum amount per visit:

  • Do-It-Yourselfer (5 gallons)
  • Farmers (55 gallons)

Additional Locations for Waste Oil Recycling:

  • Autozone Inc # 873 A 780 South Bluff Street (435) 688-9472 UOCC-0345 
  • Havin Fun LLC B 704 South Bluff Street (435) 673-2142 UOCC-0682 
  • Jiffy Lube # 2643 A 1287 West Sunset Blvd (435) 688-2156 UOCC-0410 
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts # 2651 A 795 East St George Blvd Ste #1 (435) 673-7121 UOCC-0045
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts # 3762 A 1276 West Sunset Blvd (435) 628-1202 UOCC-0557 
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts # 3798 A 931 North 3050 East (435) 627-1052 UOCC-0566 
  • Riverside Service Inc. A 125 East Riverside Drive (435) 628-7800 UOCC-0129 
  • Speed Lube & Car Wash A 435 North 1680 East #1 (435) 652-9560 UOCC-0441 
  • Texaco Xpress Lube # 00212783 A 1090 West Sunset Blvd (435) 628-0200 UOCC-0128
  • Wal-Mart Tire & Lube Express # 3220 A 2610 South Pioneer Rd (435) 674-9702 UOCC-0463