Fairfax County


HOW: Remove used motor oil from the vehicle, taking care not to spill it on the ground. Put the motor oil in a clean, plastic container with a tight lid. Never store used oil in a container that once held chemicals, food or beverages. Do not mix with anti-freeze, solvent, paint or other materials.

WHY: Used motor oil from a single oil change can ruin a million gallons of fresh water — a year’s supply for 50 people. Used motor oil is insoluble, persistent and can contain toxic chemicals and heavy metals. It is slow to degrade and sticks to everything from sand to bird feathers. Used motor oil is a major source of contamination of waterways and can result in pollution of drinking water sources. Used motor oil from cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, farm equipment and lawnmowers can be recycled and re-refined.

WHAT NOT: Do not include any other fluid such as antifreeze or automatic transmission fluid. Do not pour these materials on the ground since they drain into storm sewers and contaminate local water supplies.

WHERE: Some automotive service stations accept used motor oil for recycling. Check with those nearest you, or visit the City of Fairfax, I-66 or I-95 recycling locations.