VILLAIN: Motor Oil
Have you ever driven a car that leaks oil? Motor oil on roads and in parking lots makes its way to the ocean through storm drains. Oil can kill the larvae of marine animals and because oil floats on top of water, it can prevent marine plants and animals from getting sunlight needed for survival. Oil can also make it impossible for animals to breathe or move to find food.
SOLUTION: Fix Leaks and Dispose and Recycle Auto Products
- Inspect your car on a regular basis for any leaking fluid.
- Catch all leaks with a drip pan and get them repaired as soon as possible.
- Clean up any fluid that reaches the ground immediately.
- Sprinkle an absorbent material, such as kitty litter, over the spill and then sweep it up.
Disposal and Recycling of Used Automotive Products
- Car fluids and battery acid should never be poured into a creek, down a sink or storm drain, into the gutter, or onto the ground.
- Recycle automotive products, including motor oil, antifreeze, and some batteries at the local waste collection center.
- Dispose of used products as hazardous waste.
To Recycle Your Used Motor Oil
SOURCE: Clean Creeks Health Beaches of the City of Santa Barbara