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With their numerous moving parts and their dependence on highly toxic chemicals, cars and other vehicles are some of the biggest sources of waste in the modern world. But unlike some waste, automotive waste often has a high value attached to it. Parts can be re-used, scrap can be recycled, tires can be ground for re-manufacturing. Our goal as consumers and drivers should be to extend the life of our automobiles for as long as it is safe to do so. This slows the production process, and therefore the use of virgin raw materials. Maintenance is the key.  

Keep in mind that sometimes there are good reasons to do away with car parts and fluids. Old systems which no longer meet emissions or fuel efficiency standards should be replaced, and where they cannot, it is certainly prudent to replace the vehicle.    

The most frequently disposed automotive-related waste includes tires, batteries, fuel and motor oils. Visit our specialized pages to learn more about disposing them. Remember, it is dangerous and illegal to place any oil wastes, dangerous substances or hazardous material for garbage collection. (Code of Ordinances Article I Sec. 24-25)  Many parts and supplies used on or in your car fall into this category. Moreover, we must all be vigilant about preventing toxic fluids and car parts from entering our waterways and water system. Never dump anything from a vehicle into our storm drains, nor pour it into another drain or flush into a toilet, nor place directly in our waterways.

Stormy Tips for VEHICLES Brochure CoverProper disposal starts with proper maintenance of your vehicle. Reference Stormy's Vehicle Maintenance Tips for more information on disposal and pollution prevention, or check our Green Your Vehicle Routine webpage.

For questions about disposing of automotive waste, contact City of Fort Lauderdale 24-hour Customer Service.

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