In our automobile-based culture, we deal with many hazardous substances such as motor oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, windshield wiper fluid, transmission fluid and batteries. In addition to these items, we also have a variety of specialized cleaning products for the tires, dashboard, and engine compartment. These materials can endanger our health and environment if improperly disposed.
The good news is that automotive products are becoming easier to dispose of properly. An increasing number of stores, service stations, recycling centers and residential recycling programs are accepting these materials.
Antifreeze is toxic, and is deadly to pets and children if accidentally ingested. Handle this liquid with care. In Metro Bakersfield, it can be brought to the Kern County Special Waste Facility at 4951 Standard St., in East Kern County at 17035 Finnin St. at the Mojave Airport, or at 3301 W. Bowman Rd. at the Ridgecrest Landfill.
For days and hours of operation, look on our website at www.KernPublicWorks.com.
Car & Truck Tires
Tires, because of their physical properties, present health and handling challenges to disposal facility operators. Whole tires are banned from disposal at landfills in California. Many tire dealers will accept small quantities for a nominal fee. Landfills will also accept tires separated from general trash for a per-tire charge or, if applicable, at a bulk rate.
Motor Oil gets dirty with use, but once cleaned or re-refined, it can be used again and again with the same effectiveness as virgin oil. Used motor oil must never be mixed with any other liquid. Used motor oil is accepted at many service stations, auto parts stores, recycling centers, Kern County Special Waste Facilities, and at most Kern County landfills (see page 18).
The City of Bakersfield has a curbside used oil collection program, for more information call (661) 326-3114.
Motor Oil Filters
Oil filters are also recyclable at the oil collection sites maintained by the Kern County Public Works Department.
Check out the Oil Recycling Website at www.calrecycle.ca.gov/usedoil for site locations and more information