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Performing maintenance on your own vehicle is a great way to save some money, but be sure to properly handle and dispose of the hazardous substances involved. Below is a list of businesses that accept automotive waste. If you have further questions, call the Disposal of Toxics at 360-380-4640.

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What's the problem with automotive waste?

■ Dumping used motor oil on the ground, over roads, or into storm drains and other water systems is car engineillegal. Heavy metals and other toxins in used oil contaminate soil and pollute water sources, posing a health hazard to wildlife and humans. Used motor oil is the single largest source of oil pollution.

■ Vehicle batteries contain corrosive materials and heavy metals that can contaminate soil and ground or surface water if disposed of improperly.

■ Dumping antifreeze on the ground will contaminate soil and surface water sources. Also, pets and children are attracted by its sweet taste, which can lead to poisoning.

■ Nearly all of a car’s wastes are toxic to varying degrees, and may present environmental and human health hazards if disposed of improperly. Toxic materials may cause injury or death if ingested, inhaled or absorbed through the skin. None of these materials should end up in a sewer, septic system, storm drain, back yard or empty lot.

■ It is illegal to discharge automotive waste directly to surface water, storm drains, or onto the ground, where rainfall can carry it into the ground water or nearby surface water. Penalties of up to $30,000 per day may be imposed. Property found to be contaminated is difficult to sell without doing expensive cleanup, and the owners of the property may find it difficult to obtain loans against their property once banks are aware of the problem.

Some Solutions


Buy Re-refined Motor Oil
Re-refined motor oil is the same quality as virgin oil. The re-refining process cleans up the used oil and replaces the additives that were used up, generating 80 gallons of new oil for every 100 of used. Re-refined motor oil reduces our dependence on imported oil, and helps reduce our trade deficit and provide jobs.

Master Lube offers re-refined oil as an option in their services (subject to availability)
Master Lube
1111 E. Maple, 8-5:30 Mon-Fri; 8-4:30 Sat, 733-4750

motor oilWatershed Friendly Car Washes


Cars that are washed in driveways and parking lots can pollute our streams, rivers and bays. Dirty runoff, unlike the water that enters the sewer, flows straight into our waterways and does not undergo treatment.


Here are some ways you can reduce the impact of washing your car:
• If you wash your car at home, do it on a flat grass or gravel area that will absorb the wash water before it can run into the storm drain. Also, lessen your impact by using a low- or nophosphate soap.
• Take your car to a commercial car wash, where they are required to deal properly with wastewater.
• Look for Watershed-Friendly Car Wash signs at local car wash fundraisers to ensure that the groups are diverting the soapy water from the storm system into the sewer system.

Biodiesel


Biodiesel is a fuel produced from a variety of renewable resources, including waste vegetable oils, cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats that can be used in virtually any diesel engine. For more information on biodiesel, visit
http://www.eere.energy.gov/afdc/fuels/biodiesel.html
Biodiesel is available at:

Bellingham Shell- (360)734-9588, 4240 Meridian St
Yorky's Market on Bennett- (360)733-6682, 3910 Bennett Dr
Sammy's Place- (360)671-9498, 1715 State St

checking the oil

General Tips


■ Buy only what you need, and substitute less toxic or non-toxic materials when feasible.

■ Follow safety precautions and other instructions on the product label.

■ Keep all hazardous products out of the reach of children and pets.

■ Never pour vehicle waste into storm drains, sewers, septic systems or onto the ground.

■ Know where you will store and dispose of materials before beginning a do-it-yourself project. Call the Recycling Hotline at 360-676-5723 for more information.

■ Keep all fluids separate and labeled to make proper recycling and disposal easier.

■ All automotive wastes can be reduced by using alternate transportation such as walking, bicycling, carpooling, vanpooling and taking the bus.

Automotive waste drop-off locations

 

*=takes drained oil filters too!

Antifreeze
Vehicle Batteries
Motor Oil--up to 5 gallons

BEACON BATTERIES AND TIRES

8666 Delta Line Rd
Custer, WA 98240

366-5110

 

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used tires

 

BIRCH BAY RECYCLING - SSC,

4297 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd, 9-5 Sun, 734-3490

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CEDARVILLE RECYCLING - SSC,

Cedarville Road (off Mt. Baker Highway), 9-5 Sat,

734-3490

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DISPOSAL OF TOXICS FACILITY,

3505 Airport Drive, 9-4 Mon-Fri; 1st Sat of each month, 380-4640

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takes more than 5 gal

JIFFY LUBE,

1430 Cornwall, 8-6 Mon-Sat, 671-8669
4070 Meridian, 8-7 Mon-Sat; 9-5 Sun, 734-9673
2436 E. Bakerview, 8-6 Mon-Sat, 676-5533

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JIM'S AUTOMOTIVE EXPERTS INC.
102 E. Main, Everson, 8-5 Mon-Fri, 966-4440
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MASTER LUBE,

1111 E. Maple, 8-5:30 Mon-Fri; 8-4:30 Sat, 733-4750

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NOOKSACK VALLEY DISPOSAL,

250 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd, 8-4 Mon-Fri; 9-noon Sat, 354-3400

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NORTHWEST RECYCLING,

1419 C Street, 8-4:30 Mon-Fri; 8-1 Sat, 733-0100, 384-6313

 
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CANDO RECYCLING AND DISPOSAL,

off Johnson Road, Point Roberts, Winter 11-5 Thurs, Sun; Summers - Tues, Thurs, Sun
945-2636

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RECYCLING AND DISPOSAL SERVICES,
4916 LaBounty Place, 7:30-5:30 Daily, 384-8011
 
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REGIONAL DISPOSAL CO.,

1524 Slater Road, 8-5 Daily, 384-1057

 
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SANITARY SERVICE COMPANY,
1001 Roeder Avenue, 8-5 Mon-Fri, 734-3490, 398-2025
 
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O'REILLY AUTOMOTIVE,
1929 King Street, 8-9 Mon-Sat; 9-7 Sun, 676-8380
4056 Guide Meridian, 8-9 Mon-Sat; 9-7 Sun, 738-0455
4375 Meridian Street, 8-9 Mon-Sat; 8-6 Sun, 756-1772
1970 Kok Road, 9-8 Mon-Fri; 9-7 Sat; 9-6 Sun, 318-8224

 

 

 

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SCRAP-IT RECYCLING
1526 Slater Rd. (Behind Recomp) 734-1112
7:30-5:00 Mon-Fri; 8-2 Sat

 

 

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Z RECYCLERS,

6129 Guide Meridian, 8-5 Mon-Fri, 398-2161, 734-5986

 
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Click here to learn more about the specific hazards associated with different types of automotive wastes. These documents are PDF's and can be viewed using Acrobat Reader

Click here for a printable brochure containing information on automotive waste.
(For best results, print double sided on 11"X17" paper. Some pages appear upside-down to ensure proper orientation when folded.) These documents are PDF's and can be viewed using Acrobat Reader

Contact Us

Solid Waste Division, Whatcom County Public Works
322 N. Commercial Street,  Suite 210, Bellingham, WA 98225; (360) 676-7695
Email: SolidWaste@co.whatcom.wa.us