Are you a do-it-yourselfer when it comes to auto maintenance? If so, you probably have a couple of tires or containers of used motor oil sitting around your garage that you’d like to see go. Or, perhaps you have an entire old car you want to get rid of. Luckily there are plenty of automotive recycling options in our region.
Batteries, Tires, Motor Oil and Filters
Most full-service automotive centers will recycle used motor oil and automotive batteries for free, and tires for a small fee. Auto parts stores and quick lube places generally accept used motor oil and batteries as well. Some locations even recycle oil filters. Always call first to check that items are accepted.
Household hazardous waste facilities also accept automotive batteries and fluids, including oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, power steering fluid and more.
- RecycleSpot.org search terms: Batteries, Tires, Automotive Fluids, Oil Filters
Old vehicles that are beyond repair are ideal for salvaging. Many automotive salvage yards, used auto parts dealers and even some scrap metal dealers will take that old car off your hands. Generally they will pay a modest amount for your vehicle and provide free pick up.
- RecycleSpot.org search terms: Salvage/ Wrecking, Parts
There are many organizations that accept vehicles for donation. Generally they’ll take your car (running or not), provide free pickup, help with the title and paperwork, and help you get the highest possible tax deduction. Contact your favorite charity to see if it has a vehicle donation program.
- RecycleSpot.org search term: Vehicle Donation
For more information on recycling automotive materials, visit RecycleSpot.org. Under “I want to recycle” you can click “More Search Options” to filter by material, salvage or donation.