Tips for Automotive Do-It-Yourselfers

When working on your car, it’s important to follow these environmental good housekeeping practices to keep your home, neighborhood and our local rivers, creeks and ocean pollutant free:

  • Keep up car maintenance to reduce leakage of oil, antifreeze and other fluids. 
  • Recycle your used oil, oil filters, old batteries and unwanted fluids at a Los Angeles SAFE Center. 
  • When changing car fluids, use a drip pan to collect any spills. If a spill occurs, soak it up using an absorbent material such as kitty litter or sawdust and dispose of it properly. 
  • When changing your oil, use a clean container for used oil – don’t mix oil with other fluids. 
  • Wash your car with biodegradable soap using as little water as possible. Shut off the hose while washing your car and then rinse. 
  • Keep a trash bag in the car. Never throw trash out of your car window.