Each year, our vehicles release more than 7 million quarts of motor oil and other petroleum-related products into lakes, rivers, streams and the Puget Sound. Most of the toxic pollution entering waterways comes from small motor oil drips from cars and trucks.
Stopping leaks at their source is the best way to end the oil damage to our local waterways, wildlife, and habitat.
- Place a drip pan or cardboard under your vehicle to prevent oil from polluting our streams, until you can get your leak repaired.
- Visit Don't Drip and Drive and learn about your leak.
Keep It Clean
- Do you change the fluids in your vehicle yourself? Use ground cloths or drip pans beneath your vehicle. Collect all used oil in containers with tight fitting lids. Do not mix different engine fluids.
- Never dispose of oil or other engine fluids down the storm drain or sink, on the ground or into a ditch.
- Use kitty litter to soak up any accidental spills, then sweep it up, put it in a plastic bag and dispose of it in the trash.
- Recycle used motor oil - don't put it in the trash. Many auto supply stores and gas stations will accept used oil for recycling.