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Leaky CarsCreeks Division

boat on the water at sunsetDumping a single quart of motor oil down the storm drain can pollute 250,000 gallons of water. Automotive fluids are extremely toxic to fish and other aquatic wildlife. Antifreeze is especially harmful to animals that are attracted to its sweet smell and taste. Soapy water from car washing contains soaps and surfactants that pollute creeks and cause algae blooms.


  • Inspect your car on a regular basis for any leaking fluid.
  • Catch all leaks with a drip pan and get them repaired as soon as possible.
  • Clean up any fluid that reaches the ground immediately.
  • Sprinkle an absorbent material, such as kitty litter, over the spill and then sweep it up.

Disposal & Recycling of Used Automotive Products

  • Car fluids and battery acid should never be poured into a creek, down a storm drain, into the gutter, or onto the ground.
  • Recycle automotive products, including motor oil, antifreeze, and some batteries at the local waste collection center.
  • Dispose of used products as hazardous waste.

Recycling Your Used Motor Oil

Marborg Recycling Center
725 Cacique Street
(805) 963-1852

Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center
(805) 882-3602


Last Updated: Mar 26, 2013
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