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Posted on: August 8, 2018

SWA’s August Household Hazardous Waste Tip

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Do-it-yourself mechanics! Get in gear with good practices once you remove those lubricants and filters from your engines.

Whether from cars or trucks or boats, motorcycles, recreational vehicles or lawn mowers, these items should not be mixed or thrown away in the garbage: 

  • fuels 
  • lubricants
  • antifreeze
  • filters

DIYers may bring these items to a number of local service stations and auto parts stores, who will accept up to 5 gallons of these waste fluids, as well as used oil filters.

And Palm Beach County residents may bring all of these items to any of the SWA’s Home Chemical and Recycling Centers listed below. The SWA will then recycle or dispose of each item properly.

Commercial interests should call 561-687-1100 for disposal options.

In Fiscal Year 2017, the SWA recycled or disposed of: 

  • 5,233 gallons of antifreeze 
  • 64,104 gallons of used oil 
  • 16,000 pounds of used oil filters 
  • 2,000 lead acid batteries

To prevent spills, transport used motor fluids in the oil change containers sold at retail stores or clean plastic containers with a lid. Clearly label all containers and never mix used oil with any other liquids, including water.

One cup of spilled motor oil can contaminate more than 62,000 gallons of fresh water, so keep sand or kitty litter handy in case a spill occurs.

Give our planet a brake – If there are a clutch of hazardous automotive products in your ‘hood, be an environmental de-fender and dispose of them yourself at the SWA.

Remember, pollution prevention starts at home. Visit SWA.org/HCRC or call 561-697-2700 or 866-SWA-INFO (toll-free) to learn more about the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County’s Home Chemical and Recycling Centers.

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