Recycling NJ
Automobile Fluid Recycling

Automobile Fluids

The fluids used in a car engine contain hazardous chemicals that must be disposed of carefully.

NEVER discard these chemicals into a drain or in your general trash. They must be taken to an automobile hazardous waste collection location where they will either be recycled or disposed of in a safe manner.

In New Jersey it is illegal to pour these hazardous chemicals down the drain, onto the land or to dispose of them in the trash. If not disposed of correctly you will contaminate the drinking water supply, damage the local environment and risk a heavy fine or even time in jail.

Hazardous Automobile Fluids
  • Anti-freeze
  • Brake fluid
  • Gasoline
  • Gear oil
  • Hydraulic oil
  • Power steering fluid
  • Motor oil
  • Transmission fluid

Fortunately these fluids are very easy to recycle and there are hundreds of collection locations throughout New Jersey. Do not mix the different types of automobile fluid together. Instead, collect them in separate containers and the take them to the appropriate collection location where they will either be recycled or can be disposed of in a safe way.

County Hazardous Waste Collections

Your local county recycling center runs collection days for household, garden and automobile hazardous waste. Go to your local county recycling website and look for the hazardous waste collection pages to find out when the next hazardous waste collection day is in your area.

Automobile Parts Stores or Service Station Collections

All year round, you can take hazardous automobile fluids to local service stations and autoparts stores. Ask in your nearest independent service station or transmission shop to find out which hazardous automobile chemicals they will accept.

Additionally, the following state wide retailers run their own hazardous automobile waste collections. You do not need to purchase anything in their stores to use their recycling collections.

  • Advance Auto Parts
    • Accept used motor oil, transmission fluid, hydraulic oil, gear oil, power steering fluid and old car batteries.
  • Autozone
    • Accept used motor oil, transmission fluid, hydraulic oil, gear oil, power steering fluid and old car batteries.
  • Pepboys
    • Accept used motor oil and car batteries for recycling

 

Information for Businesses that Generate Waste Oil and Automobile Chemicals

Businesses and other organizations that collect or generate waste oil should follow the NJ State EPA guidelines for the safe collection, storage, transport and disposal of the used oil.

All staff in your organization that are responsible for the collection, handling and disposal of oil should be familiar with these guidelines and the laws governing used oil disposal.

Used Oil/Automobile Chemical Recycling Businesses in New Jersey

There are a number of businesses in New Jersey that are authorized for the recycling of used oil and other chemicals (e.g. anti-freeze, oil contaminated water etc.). These businesses will collect your waste materials and re-refine them to make new products.

Click on the company name below to be taken to their website, for more information.