Ask Gary’s | How To Dispose of Car Batteries, Motor Oil & Tires



Unlike common household waste, auto parts and fluids cannot be thrown away in a regular trash can or recycling bin. Things like motor oil, tires and car batteries are considered to be hazardous waste and need to be properly disposed of in a safe environment. We’ve created a guide to help you determine what to do with your old car batteries, motor oil & tires and how to properly dispose of them.



1. Motor Oil & Other Automotive Fluids

Automotive fluids like oil and lubricants are classified as hazardous waste. They can contaminate water and landfills and should never be poured down the drain or put out with your regular garbage. The best way to get rid of old oil and fluids is to store them in a sturdy, well-sealed container and drop them off at a a local waste depot or participating automotive garage. It’s important to note that different fluids should not be mixed together, especially coolants. Most types of automotive fluids can be recycled and re-purposed for future use in cars and home-heating.

2. Tires

When properly disposed of, old tires can be transformed into innovative recycled products for our homes and communities, but when neglected they can end up in landfills where they’ll sit for an eternity unused. Since 2009, the Ontario Tire Stewardship has helped recycle 33 million tires in partner with hundreds of local businesses; Gary’s Automotive included. If you don’t plan on building a tire swing in your backyard, bring your old tires to an approved location in your neighbourhood to be recycled.

3. Car Batteries

If you have a spent car battery the last thing you should do is throw it in the garbage. Batteries are make with toxic materials that can be harmful to the environment and should never be carelessly thrown away in the trash. There are over two thousand businesses across Ontario that are dedicated to the recycling and proper disposal of exhausted car batteries. Sixty to 80% of lead-acid batteries are make up of recycled lead and plastic which shows just how important it is to bring them in for safe disposal.

4. Everything Else

Old auto parts are surprisingly popular on sites like eBay and Kijiji. Whether you’re just looking to get rid of  them or make a bit of extra cash, selling your old parts is always better than throwing them away or hoarding them in your garage. If they are past the point of working or repair, scrap metal parts can be recycled at junk yards, some automotive garages and are sometimes accepted curb-side by your local recycling program.

Gary’s Automotive is a proud partner of the City of Ottawa’s Take It Back! Program. This environmentally-conscious initiative is dedicated to ensuring household items are reused, recycled or disposed of properly and safely. As participants of the program, we currently accept the following items at all store locations: old tires, motor oil, empty oil and fluid containers and car batteries. Click here to learn more about the safe disposal of household hazardous waste.

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