Disposing of Your Vehicle's Fuel Waste


Get Rid of Car Waste the Right Way

Nearly all of a vehicle's waste is toxic and will present human health and environmental concerns if disposed of the wrong way. Many of the automotive products we use are also flammable and cannot be disposed of in storm water sewers, drains, your garbage, or septic tanks. Not only is disposing of car waste harmful and potentially life-threatening, but it is also illegal. Individuals who dump vehicle waste illegally can face both criminal and civil penalties. Your trusted experts at Toyota of Greenville have provided you with the following information on how to safely and responsibly dispose of vehicle waste. Luckily most of the automotive products can be either reused or recycled. For more information regarding hazardous waste collection programs, contact your county extension office or solid waste department.

Motor Oil

Improperly disposed motor oil is the largest single source of oil pollution. When you dump used motor oil in your backyard, down storm drains, or in your garage, contaminants will enter ground/surface water and soil. Oil picks up heavy metals from the engine which are toxic to people, wildlife and plants. One pint of motor oil can produce a one-acre slick on surface water.

The best method to removing motor oil is to recycle it. Oil never wears out; it just gets dirty so recycling it is easy. First drain the oil and transfer it to a tight-fitting lid, such as a plastic jug or metal can. Make sure these containers are not being used to hold other products to afford cross contamination. You can bring your old oil to many service stations or "quick lube" shops, like Toyota of Greenville's service center. Some community curbside recycling programs will also pick up used motor oil. Toyota of Greenville is committed to keeping both our customers and environment safe. Please call Toyota of Greenville to set up your old motor oil drop off!


Car batteries contain harmful corrosive materials and heavy metals that can contaminate soil and surface water. Luckily 99 percent of typical lead-acid batteries can be recycled and properly disposed. Upon purchasing a new battery, Toyota of Greenville will accept your old battery for recycling and waive the core charge associated with properly disposing the product. To avoid spills or release of dangerous contaminants before recycling, store your battery upright in a sturdy acid-resistant, leak proof container. Toyota of Greenville or visit us online for all of your battery needs. We are dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint and maintaining a safe and healthy environment!


Antifreeze is highly poisonous and toxic, and ingesting it may lead to death. Antifreeze must be handled with extreme care; children and animals might be attracted to its sweet smell and taste. If you are replacing your antifreeze yourself you should first drain all the coolant and then run for a few minutes filled with distilled water. Drain the distilled water and refill again with new coolant. Store your old antifreeze in the original plastic container and bring it to a recycling center where it will be purified and used again.


Gasoline is highly flammable and toxic, even when making skin contact. It can also contaminate soil and water if disposed incorrectly. Store your used gasoline in an approved container away from living areas, ignition sources and direct sunlight. Never use old gasoline as a solvent, paint thinner or weed killer. If you believe your gasoline might be contaminated, bring the container to your local area's hazardous waste collection center.

Transmission and Brake Fluid

Both transmission and brake fluid are highly toxic and corrosive. They need to be stored, not dumped, in leak proof containers to avoid spills. Be sure to keep each type of fluid in separate containers. The biggest obstacle in recycling automotive fluids is the cross-contamination of different fluids. Bring your used brake and transmission fluid to a hazardous waste collection program that will accept them. The trusted experts at Toyota of Greenville are happy to recycle any used automotive fluid and replace with new during service. For all your transmission or brake fluid needs visit us at pepboys.com and schedule your appointment today!


Improperly disposed of tires can lead to petroleum products and toxins leaking into the ground and water supply. Although some see new life as a shredded noise or energy-absorbent compound, most tread-bare tires have little to no use. Store your old tires outside in an area protected from rain or fire. Local restrictions may limit the amount of tires you can store at one time. If you are replacing your tires, shops and tire centers are expected to recycle your old tires. There may be a small charge if you do not plan on purchasing new tires. For your tire needs visit us in Greenville, SC and speak to one of our trusted experts!

Scrap Metal

Any metal part of a vehicle is essentially recyclable. In certain cases, you might be able fit within the guidelines of your county's recycling program. Most states require the object to be in a secure bin with the lid completely closed. The object cannot contain any fluids such as oil or antifreeze when being collected. Many auto recyclers (or salvage yards) keep an inventory of parts and send them to companies that will refurbish them. Most recyclers will be happy to accept your old car parts, and that might mean a small cash reward!

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