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Many solid wastes are hazardous wastes, and both are regulated at the state and federal level. That includes typical wastes created in a vehicle maintenance facility:

  • Used oil and oil filters
  • Carburetor cleaners
  • Degreasing solvents
  • Aerosol cans
  • Brake pads
  • Brake cleaner
  • Antifreeze (not recycled)
  • Rags, absorbents, and other materials

All waste generators need to take steps to avoid potential risks of the hazardous wastes they store, including used oil.

Responding to used oil spills

Spills risk your health as well as take time, energy, and money to clean up. You need to take steps to avoid a spill, but everyone knows that accidents do happen.

The steps you take to respond to a spill are a little less complicated than for other hazardous wastes. Still, you need to contact the proper authorities if the spill reaches water.

There are four crucial steps you need to take:

  1. Stop the release.
  2. Contain the release.
  3. Clean and properly manage the released oil and any materials you use to clean up the spill.
  4. Remove the tank or container from service and repair or replace it.